[nyfoil-l] 12/14 Queens, NY: Tell FreshDirect--Stop Threatening Immigrant Workers With ICE!
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Fri Dec 14 09:08:36 CST 2007
12/14: Tell FreshDirect: Stop Threatening Workers!!
Just days before Christmas, the food-delivery service FreshDirect has
threatened the jobs of hundreds of workers in its Queens, New York warehouse. So
far, at least 46 employees have lost their jobs or been suspended, and
FreshDirect could terminate dozens more in the next few days.
This job loss — and the resultant tension and fear among remaining workers —
is in advance of the workers' vote to build their union on December 22 and
The workers are forming a union to negotiate for very reasonable things: a
livable wage, improved working conditions and a benefits package that allows
them and their families to survive in one of the world’s most expensive
The lost jobs are a result of an inspection someone triggered with the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which is becoming the Pinkerton of the
FreshDirect had no problem with its employees' paperwork before they
expressed a desire to form a union. Santa Claus has a list and checks it twice this
time of year — FreshDirect shouldn't need to.
FreshDirect workers need your help. Tell FreshDirect that you stand with the
workers and their right to form a union.
**Send a letter to the following decision maker(s):**
Chief Executive Dean Furbush
Human Resources Anthony Anesto
Manager, Customer ADVOCACY Amelia Harmer
Vice President of Customer Relations Frank Mansour
Below is the sample letter:
Subject: Stop the Holiday Job-Losses
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
I was shocked to learn that some 46 employees lost their jobs or were
suspended in recent days and that dozens more people's jobs are threatened just
days before Christmas. Your website says you treat food with "love and respect"
-- you should treat your employees with the same care.
It is suspicious that this investigation by the Immigration and Customs
Enforcement agency was triggered just as your employees were scheduled to
exercise their basic human right to form a union -- there was no problem during the
previous years your company operated.
Today, those workers who remain at your warehouse are full of fear and
tension. That's an awful environment, not just during the holidays. Your employees
deserve much better treatment
These workers and their families rely on FreshDirect for their livelihood. I
urge you to not impede with your employees' right to build their union
without fear of holiday layoffs and intimidation.
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