Behind those delicious berries at your local supermarket may be wage theft and union busting. Local activists picketed the 14th Street Whole Foods and Trader Joe's last Saturday to ask both chains to drop Driscoll's Berries and urge customers to boycott them. “Driscoll's is a major distributor for Sakuma, a berry producer known for wage theft, union busting, and even an armed raid on a camp where their workers were living,” reports “Mark,” a grocery store worker and member of the DC IWW, one of the picket organizers.
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On today's Labor Calendar, NoVA Labor-to-Labor phone banks continue today with less than a week to go before next Tuesday’s elections; there’s a discussion of labor market trends and the gig economy today starting at 9:30am at the Economic Policy Institute, and at 1pm on the "Your Rights At Work" Call-in Radio Show on WPFW 89.3 FM, we’ll take listener calls and visit with the National Employment Law Project’s Caitlin Connolly, who will discuss workplace issues for homecare workers.
Go to dclabor.org and click on calendar for complete details.
Here’s today’s labor history:
On this date in 1929 —"Black Tuesday"— Wall Street crashed, throwing the world's economy into a years-long crisis including an unemployment rate in the U.S. that by 1933 hit nearly 25 percent.
Today’s labor quote is by Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis:
“We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few; but we can't have both."