Statement of Brandworkers on the Virtual Exclusion of Undocumented Workers from Federal Labor Law

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 6:55pm

"Today is a sad day for the principle of equal rights under the law and for the economic security of every working family.  The National Labor Relations Board's decision in Mezonos Maven Bakery allows unscrupulous employers to retaliate against undocumented workers and violate federal labor law without any meaningful sanction whatsoever.  Under the NLRB's interpretation, an employer does not have to pay a single cent of backpay for illegally firing an undocumented worker regardless of whether the employer bothered to verify a worker's immigration status during years or even decades of hard work undertaken by that employee.

Rabbis and Workers Call on Tnuva to Cut Ties with Distributor Found Liable for Serious Labor Violations

Tue, 08/02/2011 - 4:03pm

Tnuva, the multinational kosher cheese giant, received an unexpected visit from a delegation of rabbis and community members concerned about the corporation's ethics along its supply chain.  Tnuva distributes its cheeses in New York City through the Flaum Appetizing Corp., a business widely-shunned for unlawful labor practices and abuse of immigrant workers from Latin America.  The delegation came after Tnuva failed to engage in meaningful dialogue with a group of a dozen prominent rabbis who wrote to the company regarding Flaum and the importance of ethics in the kosher food system.

Rabbis joining with immigrant workers to pressure kosher producer into paying back wages [Daily News]

Tue, 08/02/2011 - 3:15pm

Rabbis are joining forces to pressure a Brooklyn distributor of kosher products to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars they say is owed to former workers.

Religious leaders will form a delegation with Brandworkers, a Queens nonprofit labor group, to rally Tuesday against Flaum Appetizing Corp., a hummus producer that also distributes the kosher cheese of Tnuva, an international company.

Popular NYC Chinese Restaurant Chain Drops Supplier over Massive Wage Theft

Mon, 06/27/2011 - 11:42am

The Cottage chain of Chinese restaurants has discontinued all restaurant supply purchases from Pur Pac, a Queens-based distribution warehouse that, through predecessor companies, engaged in massive wage theft and illegal retaliation against workers who stood up for their rights. Though Pur Pac, through its previous incarnations as E-Z Supply and Sunrise Plus, was found liable in both federal court and the National Labor Relations Board for pervasive workers' rights violations, the workers have yet to see any of the compensation they are owed. Cottage restaurants, by far one of Pur Pac's most significant customers, dropped the distribution company after a spirited worker-led advocacy effort calling on Cottage to avoid using suppliers that violate workers' human rights.

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.


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


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