Nine grocery workers were abruptly fired from Mrs. Green’s Natural Market in Mt. Kisco, New York, for what was cited as “poor customer service.” All of the terminated workers supported joining UFCW Local 1500 in an election last year, and some recently met with politicians and UFCW Local 1500 regarding working conditions at the store.
“We want to tell the community how Mrs. Green’s treated us,” said David Rameriez, who worked for Mrs. Green’s for over eight years, “They pride themselves on good food and good health, and as a neighborhood store… but they’ve shown no commitment to us, they’ve disrespected us.”
Since the firings, Mrs. Green’s workers, local elected officials, members of UFCW Local 1500, and other community allies have been protesting daily at the store calling for the fired workers to be reinstated and for the fair treatment of all Mrs. Green’s workers.
“We’re standing together not backing down, we’re letting the community members know what we’ve served over the last decade. Most of them know us and once they’ve heard how Mrs. Green’s treated us, they told us they support us and will tell management they support us,” Rameriez said.
UFCW Local 1500, the nine fired workers, and community allies have been working together in alerting the public and putting Mrs. Green’s on notice. UFCW Local 1500 has filed federal charges against Mrs. Green’s for the firings, calling them “retaliation” for supporting the union.
Members can show support for the fired Mrs. Green’s workers by:
Tweeting to @MrsGreensMarket and demand workers are reinstated, use hashtags #GreenisMean
Calling Mrs. Green’s management and tell them you support the nine fired workers at (914) 242-9292.