December 19, 2007
Statement of Brandworkers International on the Preliminary Injunction
Entered by Judge Louis L. Stanton, United States District Judge for
the Southern District of New York Against Wild Edibles:
"The immigrant workers at Zagat #1 rated seafood wholesaler and
retailer, Wild Edibles, have won an important victory in their struggle for overtime pay and for their right to improve working conditions with a labor union.
The court has sent a strong message to Wild Edibles and its owner
Richard Martin that mass firings seriously undermine the workers'
fundamental right to their day in court. Wild Edibles is now enjoined
from engaging in any further retaliation against workers for standing
up for their rights.
With its seafood featured on the Martha Stewart Show and served by celebrity chefs, Wild Edibles has thrived through the hard work of its employees. Instead of continuing along the path of reprisals, the company must agree to a fair resolution of the workers' demand for justice."
The Brandworkers Focus on the Food Chain initiative is supporting the
Wild Edibles employees and other food warehouse workers seeking to
rise out of poverty.
Brandworkers International is a non-profit organization providing
legal, advocacy, and organizing support to workers across the retail
and food supply chains. By empowering workers with social change
tools, Brandworkers increases employer compliance with the law and
improves working conditions.
Contact: press (at) brandworkers.org