Boycott Temporarily Suspended!

ImageOne giant step closer for the Golden Farm workers! Victory is within our reach! Workers have informed us that the union (RWDSU/UFCW Local 338) and the owner of Golden Farm had a long and very productive negotiating session today (3/22).

 

Therefore, we are happy/relieved/excited to announce that the Golden Farm boycott is TEMPORARILY suspended to facilitate a swift and successful contract negotiation and the resolution of any other outstanding issues.

This has been a long and hard struggle. The first time Golden Farm workers organized for their rights was in 2008 when they contacted the NY Department of Labor; and the first time workers organized with the community for a rally at the store was December 2011. The workers called for a community boycott on August 18, 2012 and for seven months the community has responded and refused to shop at a store where employees do not have the respect, dignity and basic benefits that everyone deserves on the job.

Workers and the union believe that at this particular juncture in negotiations a temporary suspension of the boycott will bring us closer than ever to the goals the workers set out for themselves.

The community will respond by temporarily cancelling picket lines with the hope and understanding that the suspension of the boycott will bring the workers closer to their victory.

It is our hope that the next action at Golden Farm will be a grand reopening of the store, with a giant red ribbon, even bigger scissors and more confetti than the corner of Church Ave and East 4th has ever seen!

STAY TUNED!

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St. Patrick Boycotts!

If you hang around the picket line at Golden Farm long enough you’ll see and hear most anything…St. Patrick and his snakes showed up in Kensington today! Too bad he can’t drive Sonny, Sharon and Steve away from Golden Farm. You’re lucky St. Pat can’t go within five feet of your store Sonny! What? You don’t believe St. Patty was here today? Here’s proof!

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Golden Charm!

For more pictures from today’s picket line check out Gerald Levy’s pics.

Ruben was also there and took the time to explain why he supports the boycott:

 

The boycott of the store started on August 18. Today marks the 7th month monthiversary of the Golden Farm boycott. When will the boycott end? When Golden Farm owner Sonny Kim signs a contract that guarantees the workers the most basic benefits that all workers deserve: paid sick days, paid vacation, personal days, raises,and job security. Is that too much to ask?

So long as the workers who organized to file a lawsuit to recover stolen wages and unionize for respect and dignity remain in the store and ask the community for their support in their struggle we will remain firm outside of Golden Farm. Besides, if we made it through the last three months, picketing in the spring will be a piece of cake!

Why should we continue to boycott?

1. The workers want our support.

2. It is the right thing to do.

3. Everyone deserves paid sick days, vacation days, personal days, raises and job security.

4. To kinda quote George W. Bush, you are either with the workers who are fighting for justice, dignity and respect OR you are with the boss that stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his employees and watched while one of his employees passed away because he did not have paid sick days. Which side are you on?

5. The wages and conditions of immigrant workers are the floor of our economy. Either our wages and conditions are going to go down to their level, or we are going to figure out ways to help low wage immigrant workers raise their wages and conditions up to our levels. [from “No one is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S – Mexico Border” pg. 119]

6. The boycott is effective, otherwise Sonny wouldn’t have sued for $3 million in losses and sat down to negotiate four times; and because neighbors are boycotting!

7. We refuse to lose and give Sonny the satisfaction of breaking the workers and our will.

8. We refuse to lose and give Sonny the satisfaction of breaking the workers and our will.

9. We refuse to lose and give Sonny the satisfaction of breaking the workers and our will.

10. We refuse to lose and give Sonny the satisfaction of breaking the workers and our will.

11. We refuse to lose and give Sonny the satisfaction of breaking the workers and our will.

12. We refuse to lose and give Sonny the satisfaction of breaking the workers and our will.

13. We refuse to lose and give Sonny the satisfaction of breaking the workers and our will.

14. We refuse to lose and give Sonny the satisfaction of breaking the workers and our will.

15. We refuse to lose and give Sonny the satisfaction of breaking the workers and our will.

WE REFUSE TO LOSE!!!!!

Contract now for the workers! Justice for Felix Trinidad!

Brooklyn Food Coalition: April 6 Rally!

For those of you keeping track, the list of boycott endorsers continues to grow! The Brooklyn Food Coalition (BFC) is the latest addition to the list of hardcore supporters.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! SATURDAY, APRIL 6, BFC will sponsor a rally in support of the Golden Farm workers. See you all there!

– Occupy Kensington

– 99Pickets

– OccuEvolve

– Immigrant Worker Justice

– Occupy Astoria

– Occupy Sunset Park

– Green Party

– Socialist Alternative

– Hot & Crusty Workers

– Make the Road New York

– Internationalist Group

– Councilman Brad Lander

– Senator Eric Adams

– Councilman Jumaane Williams

– Brooklyn Food Coalition

– New York Communities for Change

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Brooklyn Food Coalition Presente!