Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tell UNFI CEO to quit lying about the Teamsters

Our brothers and sisters in Washington state are locked in a brutal fight with natural food distributor UNFI. Members of Local 117 are closing in on the third month of a strike against the company, which has 42 ULP charges pending, which hired 72 scabs and whose CEO tells preposterous lies about the situation.

The CEO, Steven Spinner, said Monday that UNFI's last proposal included caps on employee medical costs. The workers rejected that proposal by a vote of 104-26 because it eliminated that protection (which the previous contract included).

Local 117 sets the record straight on that issue and others in a strike update at  You can help our striking brothers and sisters by sending an email to Spinner at Urge him to return to the bargaining table and to reinstate all 72 warehouse workers who were illegally replaced.

You can also sign a petition here to STOP putting profits over protections for working families.

Finally, Teamsters Local 117 asks:
Help a worker pay his rent and put food on the table!   Donate to the Teamsters 117 UNFI Workers’ Hardship Fund.  All proceeds from the fund go directly to workers and their families suffering the greatest financial hardship during the strike.