imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Market Workers Justice Campaign

by Karl Swinehart Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002 at 7:15 PM

Grocery and garment workers unite in Los Angeles to fight against sweatshop conditions. Market owner harasses workers in union drive. Garment workers and supporters give sweatshop boss indigestion at Take Sushi.

Socialist Worker

Karl Swinehart

LOS ANGELES - On January 4, workers from Assi market and Forever 21 held a joint protest with community supporters in Koreatown, Los Angeles. The garment workers are fighting for thousands of dollars in overtime and backpay from their former employer. The grocery store workers are organizing an independent union at a large Korean ethnic nation wide supermarket chain - Assi Markets. This was the latest action of LAos two most important organizing efforts among low wage, immigrant workers.

The protest started by targeting Take Sushi, a restaurant owned by sweatshop boss Do Won Chang. Take Sushi is where Chang entertains his family, rich friends and clients. Chang owns Forever 21 and owes 19 workers hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay and overtime. The workers sewed Forever 21 clothes in factories in downtown LA without the guarantee of overtime or minimum wage. They worked 10-12 hours a day, in dirty, unsafe factories up to seven days a week. Some of them even had to work at home afterwards. "There came a moment when I wanted to say to my boss that I wasnot earning enough and wanted the minimum wage - he fired me. He said that the fact that I didnot have papers meant that I didnot have rights," one worker, Esperanza, told Socialist Worker. Forever 21 is refusing to take responsibility to pay the workers and ensure that all the factories where their clothes are sewn existing laws and treat the workers with respect and dignity. Yet, while the workers donot even receive minimum wage, Forever 21 will make 0 million in sales this year and have hired one of the largest corporate law firms to fight the workers.

After picketing Take Sushi, protestors set down their signs and crossed the street to Assi Market, where workers have been organizing for an independent union - Immigrant Workers Union (IWU). The group of about forty protestors followed a delegation of workers to the store where they presented a petition by the workers for eight hour shifts. One of owner Daniel Leeos response to the unionizing drive was to cut workers shifts to six hours. For workers receiving the minimum wage, this is a drastic cut to their already inadequate income.

In November, workers at Assi filed for a union election for the IWU. Lee hired union busters "Littler and Mendelson" and filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) against the IWU to delay the election and harass the workers. The ULP was dismissed January 3rd.

There are Assi markets in California and on the east coast. Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates (KIWA) estimates that ASSI grosses at least 750 thousand dollars a week - almost twice that of a typical grocery store like Vonos or Ralphos. In contrast, the workers at Assi are not unionized, receive the minimum wage, have little job security and no benefits. "Managers keep very close supervision and workers can be fired for any reason," Liz Sunwoo, an organizer for KIWA, told Socialist worker. "When workers requested to take 10 minute breaks, overtime or days off have been fired. Managerial orders are almost always followed by put downs and insult for both Latino and Korean workers. One of the first demands of the workers was respect on the job. . . . Itos outrageous, but, Latino workers now know how to say "son of a bitch" in Korean."

Community groups are organizing delegations to go shopping at the market with sandwich board signs stating their support for the workers in Korean, Spanish and English. During the Christmas Holiday, supporters entered the store dressed as Santas Elves and gave workers candy canes with messages in Korean and Spanish and gave owner Daniel Lee a large "Christmas Card" with workerso demands. The garment workers in the Forever 21 campaign have also been very creative with their protests. In addition to weekly protests at local stores, workers have picketed the owners home at eight in the morning and supporters sang nradical Christmas Carolso outside Forever 21 in a shopping mall during the Holiday.

These workers are an inspiration for the entire labor movement and need everyoneos support. Organize an action in your area:

If you live in California or the East Coast, organize a delegation to an Assi Market near you! Call Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates 213 738 9050. Send Donations to Market Workers Justice Campaign c/o KIWA, 3465 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90005

Does Forever 21 have a store in your area? Get info. and supplies for a picket from Sweatshop Watch call: 213-748-5945, or online

Report this post as:

Local News

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 12:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 12:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 4:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM


lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

The System Question as a Survival Question J18 8:54PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen J18 2:41PM

Nation's Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Control J18 11:55AM

Du pain et des jeux J18 9:53AM

Fbi joins with Facebook to remove this report J18 7:08AM

Paraphysique de martyrologie J17 8:00AM

Asian Countries:Cambodia, Vietnam, N. Korea do not permit unlawful immigration J16 8:06PM

Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator J16 11:24AM

Democratic Socialists of America J14 4:57PM

Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's J14 4:18PM

Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento J14 12:54AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Cleanup J13 4:14PM

FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution? J13 3:52PM

Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians J13 2:59PM

The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally! J12 4:36PM

Social Policy as Social Infrastructure J12 3:38AM

Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud J12 1:50AM

Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner.. J11 6:48PM

June 2018 Honduras coup update J11 3:35PM

Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support J11 1:40PM

New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients J11 10:14AM

Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation J11 1:31AM

Please Work For The Defeat Of Brett Kavanaugh And Why J09 8:54PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 1:27PM

Transinhumanisme ( transe inhumanisme ) J09 12:44PM

Google, World's Biggest Censor, Was Founded By The CIA J09 10:25AM

For a World Free of Nuclear Risks J09 8:29AM

Corrupt CDC Ignores Meat Fish Recalls J09 4:55AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy