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Whole Foods Protest / Boycott for Workers' Justice
Date Wednesday November 23
Time 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Details
Out front of the Whole Foods SOMA location in San Francisco, 399 4th St. @ Harrison
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorKatie Loncke
Workers’ Justice at Whole Foods

The East Bay Solidarity Network calls for community members to
stop business-as-usual at the SOMA Whole Foods on Wednesday,
November 23rd.

Natalia, a former worker at corporate grocery giant Whole Foods who had
reached the $19-per-hour salary cap for her position, was fired after 13 years of working for the company, without having received any warnings or write-ups.

Any employee, especially one who has been dedicated for 13-years, deserves to be able to defend themselves against unfounded accusations that greatly damage their livelihood.

The East Bay Solidarity Network (EBSol) and Natalia are demanding her job back at her previous wage with full back pay.

EBSol sent a letter to the Whole Foods in San Francisco’s SOMA district where
Natalia worked, petitioning for the above demands, but has since received no
response.

“We won’t let this giant, gentrifying box-store push this case aside,” said Ryan Pollack, an EBSol organizer. “As a business that’s refused to allow any union organizing among its workers, the staff’s rights are very limited. This kind of case is exactly why EBSol organizes: We all need to know that people will have our backs while our bosses treat us as expendable.”

The day before Thanksgiving is Whole Foods’ most profitable, and the SOMA
store expects to make far more than Natalia’s full annual wage on that day alone.

EBSol has organized an action Wednesday, November 23 from 4pm to
8pm at 399 4th street San Francisco to turn shoppers away the day before
Thanksgiving, to tell Whole Foods that they need to re-hire Natalia.

“Whole Foods will be in a very vulnerable place the day before Thanksgiving,”
said EBSol organizer Ameena Regis. “Stopping the regular flow of business will
bring a wakeup call to the doorstep of Whole Foods – a corporation that stands for nothing less than expensive organic food and workplace abuse.”
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Nov 22nd, 2011 11:45 AM
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Reaching salary cap = reduced profitsInjury to one is an injury to allTuesday Nov 29th, 2011 4:19 PM
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Hotel Frank workers support our sisters and brothers at Whole FoodsBoycott Hotel FrankWednesday Nov 23rd, 2011 6:32 AM
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