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El Super Workers Win Justice

In the wake of a nearly two year struggle, El Super’s workers and UFCW locals have won a significant legal victory against the California based grocer. Last week, a federal judge granted the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) request for a rare “10j” injunction to stop El Super’s unfair labor practices and immediately remedy their unlawful treatment of workers.

In the face of El Super’s coercive and threatening conduct designed to silence workers, Chief Judge George H. King issued the significant “10j” injunction, ordering the immediate reinstatement of Fermín Rodriguez, who had been illegally fired for his union activity, and ordering the grocer to restore the company’s vacation accrual policy. The company had unlawfully changed its vacation policy and denied workers their earned vacation. After recognizing its legal obligation to bargain with the workers for a fair contract, El Super and UFCW locals will now resume bargaining on August 18.

Securing this rare form of injunction relief demonstrates the extent to which El Super tried to silence its workers. In 2014, 144 requests for “10j” injunctive relief were made by the NLRB’s Regions across the country and only 39 cases were authorized by the Board for Court action. In this case the Board not only sought, but succeeded, in obtaining this extraordinary relief.

After more than a year of operating without a union contract, El Super employees and the UFCW launched a boycott in December 2014 to protest poverty pay, widespread violations of workers’ rights and the company’s refusal to negotiate in good faith. More than 100,000 shoppers have been turned away by community supporters and workers at informational picket lines in front of the stores. El Super Picket Line

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Take Part in a Great Cause and Join a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk

 

LLSShareUFCW members all across the country are excited for the 2015 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Light the Night Walks. We hope you will consider joining us this year at this great event.

Light the Night Walks happen in communities all across the country. During these evening walks, participants carry illuminated lanterns – white for survivors, red for supporters, and gold in memory of loved ones lost to blood cancer. The walks are inspirational and memorable for all involved.

Funds raised by your team will go towards discovering breakthrough therapies and cures for people suffering from blood cancers like Leukemia, Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and Myeloma.

This year, we have a Light the Night website just for the UFCW. As we begin to form our Light the Night Walk teams, please make sure to visit http://pages.lightthenight.org/2015/ufcw.

Here you can:

  • Find a Light the Night Walk that is near you
  • Register your Local Union’s Light the Night team
  • Set up your team’s fundraising page

To get started, talk to your local to see if there is already a Light the Night team. If not, ask about forming one and make sure your local’s team is registered on the UFCW Light the Night page. After your team is registered, you can recruit walkers and send them to your team page to register.

The UFCW Light the Night website will track our fundraising progress as well as keep a list of the top-performing UFCW locals and fundraisers. So be sure to check it often.

For more information about the LLS, please visit www.LLS.org.

 

Mexican Workers Protest Against Chedraui in Mexico City in Support of El Super Workers in the U.S.

workers_ElSuperBoycottFermin2_EmailGraphicMore than 150 members of Mexican trade unions participated last week in a demonstration against Grupo Comercial Chedraui in Mexico City to protest unfair working conditions at El Super stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. This protest was part of the International Day of Action in Solidarity with El Super employees.

Members of the National Workers Union (UNT), with more than 50 worker organizations, the Mexican Electrical Workers Union (SME), the Miners Union (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Mineros), and the National Autonomous University of Mexico Workers Union (STUNAM), were some of the unions who are part of the Tri-national Solidarity Alliance that showed their support with the El Super workers.

The demonstration took place on June 4, in front of a Chedraui store near Paseo de la Reforma Avenue. Rigo Valdez, organizing director from Local 770 United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) explained to the Mexican union members that “the boycott of El Super will continue until the company gets back to the bargaining table and comes to an agreement with the union.”

At the same time, thousands of allies of El Super workers in the United States and Canada signed an online petition, which was launched in English and Spanish by the Justice for El Super Workers campaign. Within the first three hours, the petition reached its goal of 10,000 signatures.  At the time of this report, the online action had gathered 22,815 signatures.

El Super workers need your support. Click on the link below to add your name to the petition.

http://act.couragecampaign.org/sign/BoycottElSuper/