Even those who have had their brains gnawed away by flesh-eating zombies…or presidential debates…or both…have there wherewithal to comprehend that supporting our neighbors at Golden Farm in the efforts to get a union contract is simply the right thing to do! So take Slim’s advice here, and don’t be a bonehead. Support our neighbor’s fight for worker’s rights and BOYCOTT Golden Farm!!
Our local City Councilman Brad Lander joined Kensington residents at a rally supporting the boycott of Golden Farm grocery until owner Sonny Kim negotiates a contract with the workers for fair wages, sick days and overtime.
Kensington community supporters of the Golden Farm workers were out in force last weekend backing the workers’ efforts to get a union contract. Out on the picket lines were Occupy Kensington, NY Communities for Change, 99 Picket Lines, Occupy Sunset Park, OccuEvolve,
Negotiations between the store and the union have been delayed until the 29th because Sonny wants to be present not just send his lawyer. We are hoping that that is a positive sign that he might be considering actually negotiating.
Could you have a witch who is boycotting Golden Farm? A skeleton who needs paid sick days? We already have two volunteers who are prepared put up messages about Golden Farm as part of their displays if we could get a few more that would be great. It’s a great way to get information out, keep the dispute visible and also a potential press opportunity.
If you can help with this contact Eleanor at firstname.lastname@example.org
How can you help?
- Boycott the store! Don’t shop there till the workers have a contract.
- Keep informed. We (Kensington residents who support the Golden Farm workers) are setting up a community blog email@example.com, subscribe to it to keep up with what’s happening at the store, or check out the archives on http://www.nycommunities.org/.
- Let your neighbors know. Tell your neighbors about the boycott, keep them informed about what’s happening.
- Join the pickets. Occupy Kensington and New York Communities for Change are organizing ongoing pickets of the store. Come help out. Contact Lucas (NYCC) 646 6002426 or Eleanor (OK) 347 4033798 firstname.lastname@example.org
WE’RE SO CLOSE!!
Thank you so much for your support for the Golden Farm workers. Three years ago Mr Kim paid them less than $5 per hour. Now they receive the minimum wage of $7.25.
Earlier this year Mr Kim denied ever having paid them less than the minimum. This month he has signed a settlement agreeing to pay a small portion of the back wages he withheld from them.
In September he had signs up on the front of the store saying that 75% of them didn’t want to join a union. The signs have been removed because of a judge’s ruling that they were untrue and misleading and now in October Mr Kim is required by law to negotiate in good faith with the union they voted to join – the RWDSU.
None of this could have happened without your support!
Mr Kim assumed the fact that the workers did not speak English would keep them isolated from the community, and ill-informed about their rights. As manager Steve Kim told the Daily News “The Spanish guys don’t know English reading and writing. How would they know American labor law?”
He also assumed that his customers would not identify, or sympathize with the workers.
We have proved him wrong.
THE WORKERS STILL NEED US TO BOYCOTT
Throughout this dispute the workers’ biggest fear has been that Mr Kim would fire them.
While he was under legal scrutiny because of his minimum wage violation and the lawsuit on back wages this gave them some measure of protection but they feel strongly that the best protection has been provided by the support of our community.
Although they have achieved an improvement in their pay the workers still do not have have a written contract that would prevent Mr Kim from firing any of them without just cause.
Mr Kim is required by law to negotiate with their union, but without pressure from us, the community, he will draw this process out as long as possible. The workers voted to unionize in May and, thanks to spurious legal challenges from Mr Kim’s lawyers, only got union recognition in September.
Since mid-August he cut many of the stock-workers’ hours by a third, so they have lost a third of their wages. This is not a sustainable situation for most of them. Many have young families to support.
The worker’s have achieved so much, but without job protection it will all have been vain. Continuing the boycott until the worker’s have a basic contract is the only way that we will see a just resolution to this dispute.