Resolution Supporting Grocery Workers in Boycott of El Super Grocery Stores

WHEREAS, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) represents hundreds of employees at El Super stores in Los Angeles County; and the UFCW has called for a consumer boycott of all El Super markets in L.A. County to protest El Super’s refusal to negotiate a fair contract for those workers; and

WHEREAS, El Super employs low-wage and predominantly Latino workers from Los Angeles County who have been working without a fair union agreement since September 2013; and El Super workers are fighting for adequate paid sick leave, seniority rights, guaranteed 40-hour workweeks for full-time employees, and a fair wage; and

WHEREAS, El Super implemented its “last, best, and final offer” without fulfilling its bargaining obligations, and after workers told them it was unacceptable by voting overwhelmingly to reject it and authorizing their union to call a strike if necessary; and El Super’s “last, best, and final” offer provides for less paid sick leave than is currently mandated by California state law; and, on December 12, 2014, El Super workers voted – by a more than 3-1 majority – in favor of continued UFCW representation in the face of an aggressive “Vote No” campaign by the company; and, after the recertification vote, the union promptly sent a letter to the company asking them to return to the bargaining table which El Super rejected outright, refusing to meet its legal bargaining obligations;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party endorses the call for a consumer boycott of El Super markets and calls upon El Super to return to the bargaining table and enter into an agreement that creates good jobs that provide living wages, adequate paid sick leave, seniority protections, and enough guaranteed hours so full-time workers can earn enough to support their families; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party pledges to honor the boycott lines; spread the word about the boycott; and ask our activists and elected officials to support the boycott by joining workers on the boycott lines and by visiting to complete the letter to company CEO Carlos A. Smith.

Authored by Adam Seiden, AD 46

Adopted by LACDP 4/14/15

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