May 3, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
Los Angeles, CA – UFCW Grocery workers at El Super in California have won an NLRB victory after the company refused to heed worker demands for better working conditions. Ernesto Arce has more from Los Angeles.
Thousands of grocery workers at 43 El Super locations in Southern California have been demanding better work conditions for years, including an end to union busting, paid sick leave, and a lift on a 32 hour work week limit.
Recently, they were able to claim a major victory. The National Labor Relations Board ordered Paramount-based El Super to pay 549 current and former employees a total of $363,000 in unpaid wages.
[CHANTING]: “What do we want? A contract! And when do we want it? Now!”]
About 600 workers at six El Super stores have been without a contract since September, 2013. They’re represented by UFCW, the United Food and Commercial Workers union, which claims the grocery chain stepped up its union busting efforts since then.
[Cesar Castrejon]: “Some of the things that we want included in this contract is, well, respect. A lot of workers are getting treated very poorly. We also want them to get access to paid sick leave as well as decent wages. Right now, El Super worker full time is actually 32 hours and that is not enough to raise a family.” To hear the audio click the following link