Sonny Kim Won’t Sign—Sunny Kensington Won’t Shop!

Golden Farm owner Sonny Kim— named as one the “Worst Employers in New York”—is still refusing to sign a contract with the workers at his store, a year after the union was certified! We hear he isn’t even showing up for negotiations, leading us to conclude that he and his fancy, Wisconsin based union-busting specialist lawyers are trying to run down the clock and plan to try and get the union voted out! Image

The Kensington community has not been happy at all with the way he has treated his workers and disrespected the Kensington community. Maybe he thinks he can get the union voted out and he can go back to his wage cheating ways. Guess again Sonny! We will be out there for as long as it takes, until you do the right thing!

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Rally this Sunday in support of the workers

Rally Sunday 9/15 5pm @ Kensington Plaza (in front of Walgreens)

then march to Golden Farm

On September 20th it will be one year since the union was recognized at Golden Farm.

One whole year of Mr Kim refusing to engage in REAL negotiations that lead to a contract. Instead he has wasted the union’s time and a lot of his own money on using highly paid lawyers to drag out and delay the process with the goal of reaching the one year mark.

After September 20th Mr Kim can arrange a challenge to the union and organize a revote inside the store. A re-vote he would likely win as he has fired two of the workers who voted for the union and forced out several others by cutting their hours.

Without a contract, and without the union the remaining pro-union workers, the people who had the guts to stand up and put their names on the class action lawsuit that forced him to pay minimum wage will have no protection from Mr Kim.

It is vitally important that we show Mr KIm that it is not just the union but the community, his former customers, who are prepared to take action in defence of these workers.

Join us at Kensington Plaza (corner of Beverly and Church) at 5pm on Sunday, we’ll rally there and then march to Golden Farm.

To help hand out flyers or put up posters for this event contact Eleanor Rodgers rodgers_eleanor@hotmail.cokm

 

Bklyn rats endorse boycott

A goldenfarmjustice.wordrpress.com exclusive!

A rat (pictured below) was spotted attempting to shop at Golden Farm earlier this week. When confronted by the picketers the rat was thoroughly confused as to why he could not buy produce at his favorite neighborhood spotty.

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The rat just wanted to buy some groceries.

“I’m shocked and chagrined! mortified and stupified!” stated the rat. “I’ve been shopping here nearly 15 years, at least since the nineties, and now this!”

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“I’m shocked and chagrined! Mortified and stupified!” says rat as Andres calms him down.

Luckily for Kensington residents, the ten foot rat was keen to listen to the picketers.

“It’s about workers rights, human and rat dignity,” explained NYCC organizer Kate Barut. “Sonny Kim stays refusing to negotiate, so this is why we boycott!”

Convinced, the rat decided that he would rather support a union shop, like the Foodtown around the corner on McDonald Ave. and Albermarle Rd.

Golden Farm owner Sonny Kim could not be reached for comment. A representative from Local 338, the workers’ collective bargaining agent, explained to the rat that:

That is why the community should be outraged by some of the things Mr. Kim or his representatives have done or said during negotiations.  Things like demanding that Mr. Kim be the one to dictate whom the union can use to represent the workers!  Saying, “I’ll decide who can speak to me about the employees and their issues!” Or not wanting employees to be paid for our national holidays unless they work for him on those days, too!  When he said, “Why should I pay someone for a day if he is not making ME money that day!”  Mr. Kim would not offer even small wage increases to the workers because he believes he could find workers to do it for less than minimum wage.  Saying, “I can find people who are so desperate they’d even work for less than the minimum wage!”

“What a rat!” said the rat. “That’s it! I’m done with Kim! I’m calling out all my little rats!”

Little rats indeed. They came out in numbers.

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All the rats (except Sonny) signed the petition and stayed to picket.

“I’ll be here every day,” said the ten-footer.

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“Every day, Sonny, every day.”

 

To the polls!

New poll finds 71% of Kensington residents support justice.

29% support exploitation. Stay classy 29%, stay classy.

What stance are you taking in regards to Golden Farm?

The “good…”

  • No matter how good the store is, it won’t get my business until he gives workers what they deserve. I’m not part of the campaign, though. (45%)
  • Not only am I not shopping there–I’m involved or will be involved in picketing and spreading the word. (26%)

The “bad AND the ugly…” but at least I’m honest…

  • I’m with Mr. Kim on this one–if you don’t like your job, leave it. I’m shopping there. (18%)

The “I can’t admit I’m bad and ugly…”

  • I feel for the workers, but I love the store, too. I still shop there on occasion. (11%)

Speaking of polls, these guys may not be running for NYC Mayor, but we like them anyway. At the very least, they are willing to stand up for workers’ rights.

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Councilman Brad Lander speaks at Golden Farm rally. Nice button!

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Senator Eric Adams and Occupy Kensington at Golden Farm rally!

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

To the polls!

How YOU can help

There are a bunch of volunteering opportunites out there – please try and help in whatever way you can.

Picketing:
We’ve set up an on-line chart where you can sign up and indicate when you can help. http://doodle.com/etgsq4rzu56icns2
For those who don’t want to use the doodle poll the picket schedule is:
Fri 16   3-5
Sat 17  12-2
Sun 18 12-2
Mon19 6-8
Tue 20  7-9
Wed 21 6-8
Thur 22 7-9
Fri 23     6-8
Dropping by on the spur of the moment is great but if you can let us know beforehand when you can help that’d be very useful because it allows us to plan better.

Chalk:
With reduced picket hours we need other ways to let shoppers know that the boycott is on. the best we’ve found so far is chalking the sidewalk around the store. As long as we stick to the outer part of the sidewalk (over five feet from the store) this is perfectly legal and it takes longer to wash off than it does to write on. We need some volunteers, (people who pass the store regualrly on their way to work would be ideal) who will take on to chalk the word BOYCOTT several times whenever they pass the store. If you can do this let us know – We can supply chalk and suggested slogans.

Posters:
We want to get boycott posters up in as many windows as possible in the neighborhood. If you can display a poster in your window you can pick one up from one of the scheduled pickets, or reply to this e-mail with your address and we can drop one off to you.
If you can get some of your neighbors to join you we’d be happy to drop off a bunch of posters for you to distribute on your block. Note to tenants: as long as the poster is INSIDE your apartment, ie on the inside of your window it is entirely your right to post it.
Occupy Kensington – occupykensington@yahoo.com or call Eleanor @ 347 4033798

Thanks to everyone who came to the rally today

Here’s a link to the News 12 coverage:

http://brooklyn.news12.com/news/protesters-call-for-new-workers-contract-at-golden-farms-grocery-store-on-church-avenue-1.5869264

We are working on a schedule for picket times this week. So far we have confirmed picket times for Sunday 2-4, Monday 7-9 and Wednesday 6-8. Please stop by and show your support.

Eleanor