In wake of Target vote, Brandworkers calls for national dialogue on retail industry

Sat, 06/18/2011 - 7:59am

Statement of Brandworkers International on the Union Vote at Target

"Brandworkers applauds the Target workers and UFCW Local 1500 for their courageous and ongoing effort to create quality jobs at one of America's largest retailers.  The 137 to 85 election result favoring Target management yesterday, subject to challenge by the union, is yet another example of how corporate executives with the help of sophisticated anti-union law firms and public relations agencies can undermine the aspirations of workers for a voice on the job.  One of the great untold stories in our nation today is how giant retailers like Target and Wal-Mart have used relentless anti-union campaigns to maintain a model of employment based on low-wages, unpredictable work schedules, and a lack of job security.

Joining a Growing Number of Leading Retailers, Morton Williams Drops Sonny & Joe's Hummus

Sun, 05/08/2011 - 10:35am

Morton Williams, a well-known chain of twelve supermarkets, has discontinued the sale of Sonny & Joe's hummus over concerns about workers' rights violations at Flaum Appetizing Corp., the Brooklyn-based producer and owner of the Sonny & Joe's brand. Morton Williams joins a critical mass of prominent retailers including Fairway, Zabar's, and Food Emporium that have dropped Sonny & Joe's hummus after immigrant workers began speaking out against pervasive wage theft, abusive management, and denial of benefits at Flaum.

PHONE ZAP MORTON WILLIAMS SUPERMARKETS!

Wed, 04/20/2011 - 1:28pm

Support the campaign for justice at Flaum Appetizing Corp.

Many supermarkets in New York City have stopped selling Flaum products because of massive wage theft and illegal firing of immigrant workers. Despite this growing consensus, Morton Williams refuses to show concern for human rights along its supply chain by dropping Flaum's Sonny & Joe's hummus.

Park Slope Associated Supermarket Discontinuing Sales of Sonny & Joe's Hummus

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 1:08pm

The Associated Supermarket in Park Slope has joined a growing number of food retailers that have discontinued the sale of Sonny & Joe's hummus, over workers' rights concerns at Flaum's East Williamsburg food production and distribution facility. Flaum and its owner Moshe Grunhut illegally fired seventeen of their Latino workers en masse after the employees stood up against over a decade of unlawfully withheld overtime pay, denial of benefits, and abusive treatment from management.

Donations for Rosario Ramirez (Donaciones para Rosario Ramirez viuda de Juan Baten)

Wed, 02/16/2011 - 6:40pm

Rosario Ramirez lost her husband Juan Baten after he was crushed to death at a Brooklyn tortilla factory.

Rosario and her seven-month old daughter are in need of financial support to avoid eviction, put food on the table, and keep the utilities on.

Please take a moment to make an online contribution and help ensure Rosario and her daughter can persevere through these days of grief.

Workers Prevail Against Legal Action from Pur Pac Restaurant Supply Company

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 1:50pm

Brandworkers has prevailed against Unfair Labor Practice charges filed by the Pur Pac corporation in an attempt to hinder our right to speak out for workplace justice. Pur Pac, a distributor of food and restaurant supplies to Asian restaurants in New York City, had targeted the peaceful speech of immigrant workers who are educating restaurant customers about the company's lengthy track record of lawless behavior. Faced with a lack of evidence and a pledge from Brandworkers to vigorously litigate the matter for as long as necessary, Pur Pac and their attorneys chose to withdraw the charges. Brandworkers will meet any subsequent attempts by Pur Pac to chill workers' speech with the same determination. Charges against the workers' labor union, the Industrial Workers of the World, have also been withdrawn

Iconic New York grocer Zabar's drops Sonny & Joe's hummus over workers' rights concern

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 12:38pm

Zabar's, the storied gourmet market and quintessential New York institution, has joined a growing number of food retailers that have discontinued the sale of Flaum Appetizing Corp. products, including Sonny & Joe's hummus, because of workers' rights concerns. Flaum, an East Williamsburg kosher food production and distribution facility, was sanctioned for illegally firing seventeen Latino workers after the employees stood up against over a decade of unlawfully withheld overtime pay, denial of benefits, and abusive treatment from management. However, Flaum and its owner Moshe Grunhut have resisted the court order for two full years and workers are engaged in a determined campaign to win respect for the rule of law.

Popular New York supermarket drops Sonny & Joe's hummus, other Flaum products

Mon, 02/07/2011 - 3:04pm

Associated Mega Store, a popular new Upper West Side supermarket, has discontinued the sale of Flaum Appetizing Corp. products, including Sonny & Joe's hummus, over workers' rights concerns at Flaum's East Williamsburg food production and distribution facility. Flaum and its owner Moshe Grunhut illegally fired seventeen of their Latino workers en masse after the employees stood up against over a decade of unlawfully withheld overtime pay, denial of benefits, and abusive treatment from management.

Death in a New York Food Sweatshop [Counterpunch]

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 5:50pm

When many people think of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it's the fashionable boutiques, music scene, and hip bars that come to mind. But for thousands of recent immigrants, the eastern section of Williamsburg is where you go to find work in food processing and distribution factories that service many of New York City's markets and restaurants. If you've ever eaten a meal in New York, you can be assured that you've consumed food that has been produced and distributed through one of these food companies and those in a few adjacent neighborhoods.

Statement of Brandworkers on the Anti-Speech Legal Action Filed by Pur Pac

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 3:42pm

Brandworkers will vigorously defend and will prevail against Unfair Labor Practice charges filed today by the Pur Pac corporation in an attempt to hinder our right to speak out for workplace justice. Pur Pac, a distributor of food and restaurant supplies to Asian restaurants in New York City, is targeting the peaceful speech of immigrant workers who are educating restaurant customers about the company's lengthy track record of lawless behavior.

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