Southern California United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union locals 324, 770, 1428 and 1167 represent approximately 600 El Super workers employed at seven locations.
The unions and our El Super members called a boycott of El Super markets on December 20, 2014, in protest of El Super’s refusal to provide our members with Respect and a Fair Contract.
El Super employs low-wage and predominantly Latino workers. The workers at the Union stores were were covered under a contract with El Super that expired on September 27, 2013. For over a year the Union and the worker bargaining team have sought to bargain to improve the working conditions.
Unfortunately, rather than working cooperatively to meet their employees’ needs, El Super focused its efforts on persuading our union members to vote out their union. The company held captive audience meetings conducted by El Super CEO Carlos A. Smith, pushing a “No” vote. The workers were not fooled. On December 12, 2014 they voted – by a more than 3-1 – in favor or retaining their union, the UFCW. Indeed, more than 90 percent of the workers voted.
After the recertification vote, the union promptly sent a letter to the company asking for them to return to the bargaining table. El Super ignored and then rejected that request.
El Super’s actions, and its steadfast refusal to address the workers’ priorities such as more guaranteed hours, adequate sick leave, and fair pay, all led to the call for a consumer boycott of El Super markets on December 20, 2014
The boycott will continue until El Super workers achieve their core goal of winning respect and a fair contract. The outstanding issues include adequate paid sick leave, seniority rights, guaranteed 40-hour work weeks for full time employees, and a fair wage. The workers seek your support.
From UFCW Local 770, an FCWA member; UFCW Locals 324, 1167, & 1428; UFCW Western States Council; and UFCW International