Quality King Workers Push Back against Intimidation

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Quality King members aren’t letting up—even as their employer starts playing dirty.

After UFCW Local 2013’s delegation and rally two weeks ago, some managers called in union activists in for meetings and made comments about immigration status.

UFCW Local 2013 immediately filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board.

Members responded with a Unity Day yesterday, proudly wearing UFCW buttons at both Long Island locations to show their employer they are united, unafraid, and ready to win a fair agreement.

Stewards and representatives have been reinforcing that members have the right to speak out and fight for better conditions. Threats about status are pure harassment against immigrant workers. Since 2011, the national policy of the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency has been not to interfere in workplaces during a labor dispute.

The union bargaining committee was ready to meet yesterday, but management decided to cancel the bargaining session.

UFCW Local 2013 members vowed to keep up the pressure.

“Quality King should be ashamed. This is a blatant attempt to intimidate workers who work hard to provide for their families,” said Mark Carotenuto, president of Local 2013. “The women of Quality King Repack have shown they won’t back down.”

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