(PHOENIX) – Today, Teamsters Local 104 extended unfair labor practice picket lines from Phoenix to US Foods facilities across southern California, affecting the nation’s second-largest foodservice provider’s Corona, La Mirada and Vista, Calif.,operations.
The strike began Thursday in Phoenix, where more than 200 US Foods warehouse workers, drivers and mechanics who have been working without a contract for four months walked off the job to protest the company’s unfair labor practices. The company has refused to offer a fair agreement that includes affordable health care while it retaliates against union members for exercising their protected rights.
More than 100 US Foods transportation workers in Corona, Calif., are also working without a contract. US Foods has failed to reach an agreement on affordable health care and language that protects job security for drivers represented by Teamsters Local Unions 848 and 542 in California.
Another 300 Teamsters, represented by Teamsters Local Unions 63, 87, 630 and 986, are employed at the La Mirada and Vista facilities, and are supporting their fellow workers from Arizona, bringing the total of workers affected by US Foods’ violations of federal labor law to nearly 600.
“It shouldn’t have to take a strike line for US Foods to respect its workers and the law. US Foods workers are sending a clear message that they are united and won’t stand for how they are being treated,” said Andy Marshall, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 104 in Phoenix.
In Phoenix, US Foods is under investigation for violations of federal law, including bargaining in bad faith, disciplining workers for union activity, refusing to hire workers due to their union affiliation and denying workers access to their representatives, among other violations.
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