News from the Farm Worker Movement(www.ufw.org):
2 p.m. Friday at UFW's Oxnard office
Top U.S. rabbi presents check in Oxnard, uses D.C.
connections to promote Pictsweet mushroom boycott
Rabbi Richard Levy, past-president of the 1,700-member Central
Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), uses a Friday afternoon visit to
the United Farm Workers' Oxnard office to present a ,100 check to the
union and detail important new support from CCAR rabbis for the UFW's
boycott of Pictsweet Mushroom Farms products.
Levy will announce that he and other leaders from CCAR plan to try
and arrange meetings between Pictsweet workers and top congressional
leaders, including U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), new chairman of the
Senate Armed Services Committee. Pictsweet has more than million per
year in contracts to sell its products to military bases throughout the
The Los Angeles-based Levy recently toured a Northern California
facility operated by Monterey Mushroom, which has union contracts with
the UFW. There he met with Pictsweet workers from Ventura who contrasted
pay, conditions and treatment at their non-union plant with the
Rabbi Levy also met with fired Pictsweet worker Fidel Andrade. On
July 5, the UFW filed an unfair labor practice charge with the state
Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) alleging Andrade was
unlawfully fired on May 31 after being "set up" by the company. On May
27, Andrade was cornered alone in a room with a foreman who deliberately
shook his finger in the face of the UFW activist. Andrade pushed the
finger aside, which Pictsweet says was a violation of its "zero
tolerance" policy against threats and violence.
On June 26, the ALRB issued a detailed nine-count complaint
accusing Pictsweet of systematically violating a host of state labor
laws in its bid to avoid negotiating a union contract with the UFW.
Who: Rabbi Richard Levy, past-president of the Central Conference of
American Rabbis and Pictsweet workers.
What: Presenting a ,100 check and announcing efforts to expand the
boycott of Pictsweet mushrooms.
When: 2 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2001.
Where: UFW's Oxnard office, 920 So. "A" St., Oxnard.
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