Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tell City Bakery to Honor the Food Chain for the Wild Edibles Workers!

Via the Brandworkers International website:


The City Bakery chain enjoys an image of being a "green" and "socially conscious" business. Yet, the City Bakery NY sells seafood from labor rights violator, Wild Edibles, Inc.

Given City Bakery's progressive image, current and former Wild Edibles workers were surprised when owner Maury Rubin refused to even enter into a dialogue regarding the hardships they face.

When Wild Edibles workers demanded the overtime pay they were owed and sought to win a voice at work with the Industrial Workers of the World labor union, their employer commenced a relentless campaign of retaliation including firing or forcing out eleven workers. Not even an injunction from a federal judge has stopped Wild Edibles' rampant retaliation against these immigrant workers.

The City Bakery should honor the people working hard to assert their rights along the food chain and choose a more responsible seafood supplier.

Please contact The City Bakery management at (212) 366-1414 (& press 0), to express your concern for the Wild Edibles workers and their families!

--- An action for positive change from Brandworkers International that you can share with friends. The Brandworkers Focus on the Food Chain initiative empowers immigrant food processing workers to rise above poverty and abuse.

For more information about Brandworkers, a non-profit organization protecting and advancing the rights of retail and food employees, log on to Brandworkers International.

PS - Turns out that for all its claimed "green" and "socially conscious" disposition, City Bakery is anti-union. Straight from the branch manager's horse's mouth.

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