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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

“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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by Bil Paul
Tuesday Nov 22nd, 2011 9:55 PM
Whole Foods loves to play hardball. I used to write a civic/political column for the Daily News out of Menlo Park. I decided to write a column about Whole Foods' employee-team system -- at the onset I was just curious about how it worked. I came in and interviewed selected employees and managers in their San Mateo store (they were selected by the store) and my questions were pretty innocuous. But as I began to research the company online I came to learn about how anti-union Whole Foods is, and how that maximizes their profits as compared to union stores like Safeway. I submitted my column presenting a well-rounded picture of the company and the San Mateo store. Never before, to my recollection, had my editor at the Daily News asked me to re-write a column. But now he wantedme to present a 99.9% positive picture of the company. Not wanting to have all that work go down the drain, I did as asked. In a day or two, I quickly realized what had brought about this action -- Whole Foods began to run full-color, full-page ads on page two of the newspaper. Was the timing of the new ads an accident? Hardly. When newspapers tell you that their ad departments are completely separate from their news departments, don't believe them for a second! Of course, on the other side of the coin, if you don't like the news presentation on a TV station (too rightist, for example), you can always pressure the news department by urging their advertisers to pull their ads in protest of news bias or whatever ....
An injury to one is an injury to all!
Solidarity is the key to victory!
by truthalert
Thursday Nov 24th, 2011 12:13 AM
All that is mentioned is that Natalia was earning $19 per hour when she was fired. Are there not more facts than this? What were Natalia's actions that lead up to this? For suggesting a boycott, you should provide more information if you want to be taken seriously.
by Injury to one is an injury to all
Tuesday Nov 29th, 2011 4:19 PM
The article says Natalia reached the $19 salary cap. That reason alone causes management to fire people (oftentimes when they're close to reaching their salary cap - I was harassed out of a city and county healthcare job when I was about to reach 'vesting' status, found out later this was being done to many others - and that was a union workplace!), especially in non union workplaces like Whole Paycheck. And if the person also has been helping co workers with work related issues, that makes them a target as well. Consider WF the Wal-Mart of the "health" food retail industry.
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