Friday, June 27, 2008

United Farm Workers Union Takes Aim At Trader Joe's

Attention all upwardly mobile hipsters and and otherwise smug wine connoisseurs shopping at Trader Joe's. The United Farm Workers Union has targeted Trader Joe's and supplier Charles Shaw Wines for what it feels is a history of not providing proper working conditons for farm workers and the use of labor contractors to avoid responsibility when workers are injured of die on the job. The Company's wines are sold at Trader Joes under the Two Buck Chuck label. Trader Joe's considers Charles Shaw Wines one of it's valued suppliers.

The Farm Workers Union feels the Charles Shaw operation is responsible for the death of seventeen year old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez from heat exposure at their California vinyard. The Union initiated the campaign against Trader Joe's because it feels that the company has not taken the responsibility or action to encourage it's so called valued suppliers like Charles Shaw to improve conditions for farm workers. If you'd like to send a fax to Trader Joe's telling them to take responsibility and action instead of making excuses you can do so here.

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