February 13, 2012

COMMUNITY SOLIDARITY RALLY TO TAKE PLACE AT NEW SEASONS MARKET - SEVEN CORNERS STORE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COMMUNITY SOLIDARITY RALLY TO TAKE PLACE AT NEW SEASONS MARKET - SEVEN CORNERS STORE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 5:00PM
1954 SE DIVISION ST., PORTLAND, OR

On Tuesday, February 7, our co-worker Ryan Gaughan was wrongfully terminated from employment at New Seasons Market, Seven Corners. He has been employed at NSM for 9.5 years, with a clean employment record and no issues pertaining to attendance or job performance. Ryan has been integral in promoting a democratic voice for workers within the company.

To learn more about the history of worker concerted activity at NSM Seven Corners, and about the circumstances leading to Ryan’s termination, please visit our website at:

newseasonsmarketworkersvoice.org

We call upon all workers, customers, families, and community allies to join us for this historic and exciting solidarity rally! The rally will be the official starting point for our campaign, which will specifically demand the following from NSM management:

1) Reinstate Ryan immediately; same job, same hours, and payment for lost wages since his termination on February 7.

2) Collaborate with workers to establish a peer-review system regarding disciplinary actions and terminations. Workers are entitled to have a peer witness present during disciplinary meetings, and the ability to directly contest disciplinary actions made by management.

“The fine print...”

We welcome participation from everyone in the community, including our fellow workers represented by labor unions. However, we wish to make clear that our campaign is an independent initiative of workers from within the Seven Corners store, focused on concerted activity and mutual aid. Feel free to bring custom made signs and banners pertaining to our demands, but please, do not attempt to use our rally for the purposes of promoting your labor union, political party, political candidate, or any other secondary initiative.

We stand in solidarity with grocery store workers, union and non-union alike, and view our struggle in commonality with theirs. That said, workers from the Seven Corners store wish to emphasize that our campaign is not affiliated in any way with the United Food & Commercial Workers
Union (UFCW).

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