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Trade Fair must hire back workers

An open letter to the Trade Fair Supermarket management team:

As members of the City Council, we write in support of your meat department workers and their efforts to receive fair and lawful treatment in the workplace.

We understand that UFCW Local 342 has initiated an unfair labor practices strike against your business over allegations that your meat department workers have been subjected to consistent, illegal abuses at your business.

By locking out your unionized workers and attempting to replace them with inexperienced, non-unionized workers, you have not only jeopardized the livelihoods of your employees’ families, but also endangered the health of your neighbors and our city.

The Council will not tolerate any of our community members being unjustly treated.

We call on you to do what is right and to allow these workers to return to work so they can begin serving their community and supporting their families again. We also call on you to immediately cease all unfair labor practices and treat your workers with the respect they have earned. Trade Fair customers should take their business elsewhere until you take these actions and begin complying with labor laws.

We hope you will take these requests seriously and restore your company’s status as an honest, safe and trustworthy local food provider.

Christine Quinn

Council Speaker

(D-Manhattan)

Daniel Dromm

Councilman

(D-Sunnyside)

Jimmy Van Bramer

Councilman

(D-Jackson Heights)

Julissa Ferreras

Councilwoman

(D-East Elmhurst)

Peter Koo

Councilman

(D-Flushing)

Karen Koslowitz

Councilwoman

(D-Forest Hills)

Elizabeth Crowley

Councilwoman

(D-Forest Hills)

Ruben Wills

Councilman

(D-Jamaica)

Donovan Richards

Councilman

(D-Jamaica)

Jim Gennaro

Councilman

(D-Fresh Meadows)

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