For Immediate Release:
This Thanksgiving, Latino community residents say they won’t buy turkeys from an Associated Supermarket that owes workers over a million dollars in illegally withheld back wages and overtime pay, and has repeatedly been cited for sanitation violations.
Many workers received no pay at all for their work, just tips.
Facing heavy loses as a result of a community boycott, the store has taken to threatening and defaming community boycotters, in violation of the 1st Amendment and other laws. Make the Road by Walking plans to file a lawsuit about this illegal behavior in the coming week.
The Despierta (Wake up!) Bushwick Campaign has already pressured multiple employers to pay over $600,000 dollars in back wages to immigrant workers. The campaign was launched by the Workers in Action Project at Make the Road by Walking.
Latino workers, consumers, congregants, and community based organizations will unite to decry illegal sweatshop working conditions and will call for living wages and improved working conditions for Associated Supermarket workers. The Despierta Bushwick Campaign is an innovative campaign to demand decent working conditions for Bushwick’s retail workers.
Make the Road by Walking, scores of Bushwick consumers
Saturday, November 4th, 2 pm
229 Knickerbocker Avenue, in front of Associated Supermarket, at Starr Street.
L train to DeKalb or M train to Knickerbocker
Interviews with affected workers available