Thu Jan 10, 2013, 04:24 AM
eridani (44,513 posts)
Support organic food warehouse workers
UNFI: Stop Hurting Workers and Community
Profits Over People. Won't Follow the Law.
In spite of record profits, United Natural Foods, Inc. has commited multiple violations of federal law including the unlawful replacement of workers at its distribution center in Seattle
Join us in calling on UNFI and Whole Foods to:
¦STOP promoting food conglomerates at the expense of small and local producers.
¦STOP undermining the organic standard in favor of the vague “natural foods” tag.
¦STOP putting profits over protections for working families
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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:22 AM
eridani (44,513 posts)
4. Strike over! Thanks to all who supported the workers.
On Thursday, February 7, warehouse workers and drivers, represented by Teamsters Local 117, overwhelmingly voted to ratify a fully-recommended 5-year contract agreement with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI).
The contract vote, which was held after a 3:30 p.m. meeting at the Teamsters building in Tukwila, officially ends the nine-week strike that started on December 10 at the company’s distribution center in Auburn, WA. Picket lines at the facility were taken down at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Warehouse workers and drivers will report to work early next week.
The agreement provides for the reinstatement of all workers, including the 72 who had been permanently replaced, health and welfare protections for workers, and meaningful wage increases.
“Workers at UNFI stood together courageously in difficult conditions to fight for dignity and respect,” said Tracey A. Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. “With the help of our community partners and a strong bargaining committee, workers were able to achieve a fair and just contract.”
Local 117 members say they are ready to return to work. “Our customers are our number one priority,” said Robert Jurey, a warehouse worker and Shop Steward who has worked at UNFI’s Auburn facility for 13 years. “We look forward to getting back into the warehouse and back in our trucks so that we can continue to provide the highest-quality service to our customers.”
“Local 117 wishes to thank our many community partners for their unwavering support throughout this contract dispute,” Thompson said.
“We are also deeply grateful to all of the individuals, unions, co-ops, small grocers, and other community organizations that took actions in solidarity with the striking workers and to those who donated to the hardship fund set up to provide workers with financial relief. Your generosity has made a tremendous difference in the lives of the 160 workers and their families who have been impacted by the strike.”
Teamsters Local 117