Statement from New York’s Largest Grocery Workers Union on Mrs. Green’s Natural Market CEO Removal

Mrs. Green’s has been in a labor dispute with UFCW Local 1500 for over a year

WESTBURY, NY (05/22/2014)(readMedia)– United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1500 President Bruce W. Both released the following statement on the removal of Mrs. Green’s Natural Market CEO, Robin Michel:

“The news of Mrs. Green’s CEO Robin Michel’s removal is welcoming to the fired workers who have been picketing in front of Mrs. Green’s in Mt. Kisco since January. Through Robin Michel’s leadership, Mrs. Green’s Natural Market has transformed from what was once a friendly neighborhood natural foods store, to a company that emulates Walmart’s labor practices, putting a strict priority on expansion and profits, over people.”

“Mrs. Green’s unacceptable anti worker behavior began with Ms. Michel’s tenure and was exemplified by its vicious anti-union campaign the company launched in April 2013 that instilled fear in the workers and contributed to our union’s narrow election defeat. It culminated with the unlawful termination in January of eight workers for standing up for their basic rights at work.

“Workers like David Ramirez, who had become a cornerstone in the store throughout his nearly 10 years of employment, were left out in the cold during a frigid winter on a picket line, simply for standing up for his rights at work. Community, labor and faith leaders will continue to stand with the fired workers until Mrs. Green’s ends its labor dispute.”

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United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500, based out of Westbury, New York, represents over 23,000 grocery workers in New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. Members of Local 1500 are employed by A&P/Pathmark, Fairway, Stop and Shop, Gristedes, D’Agastino, Key Food, Shop Rite and King Kullen.

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