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 Charges against the workers' labor union, the Industrial Workers of the World, have also been withdrawn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.

Statement of Focus on the Food Chain on the Worker Killed at Tortilleria Chinantla

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 3:16pm

We are deeply saddened by the killing early this morning of a young immigrant worker, Juan Baten, at a non-union Brooklyn food processing facility, and are extremely concerned about how workplace conditions may have led to his death. While it's too soon to make specific conclusions about the crushing death at the Chinantla tortilla factory, Focus on the Food Chain organizers report that the workplace appears emblematic of the adverse conditions facing immigrant workers in a large swath of processing and distribution companies that supply food products to many of New York City's markets and restaurants.

Park Slope Food Co-op loses faith in kosher vendor Flaum Appetizing Corp. [NY Daily News]

Fri, 12/03/2010 - 12:02pm

BY Erin Durkin

DAILY NEWS WRITER

December 3rd 2010

The Park Slope Food Co-op has banned a Williamsburg kosher food company's products over charges it illegally fired workers who complained about getting stiffed on overtime.

The grocery store's members voted this week to pull from the co-op's shelves products from Flaum Appetizing Corp., which makes hummus, pickles, salads and other kosher products.

Flaum Appetizing Dropped by Prominent Market over Workers' Rights Concerns

Wed, 12/01/2010 - 3:17pm

Members of the Park Slope Food Coop, a highly-regarded Brooklyn market, voted last night to stop selling Flaum Appetizing Corp. products, including Sonny & Joe's hummus, over workers' rights concerns. Flaum, a kosher food company, and its owner Moshe Grudhut 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. Though Flaum's retaliatory conduct was judged illegal in February 2009 after a full trial, the company is resisting compliance with the judge's order including the payment of over $260,000 in lost wages.

Brandworkers and Martin Garbus Pledge Vigorous Defense of Gorilla Coffee Workers

Tue, 11/30/2010 - 2:17pm

Legendary First Amendment litigator Martin Garbus and noted workers' rights organization Brandworkers have taken on the representation of gourmet coffee workers being subjected to a controversial defamation lawsuit by prominent Brooklyn-based coffee company, Gorilla Coffee and its owners. After sustained attempts to improve what they viewed as a hostile work environment, the workers caused a stir in the gourmet coffee community and in the news media by resigning their employment at Gorilla Coffee as a group and discussing their decision in a letter to the New York Times. The Times, which published the letter online, and one of its reporters are also defendants in the suit which erroneously argues that the letter was defamatory. The letter is available online- http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/gorilla-coffee-workers...

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