WHEREAS, Taylor Farms is the largest salad producer in the world; and
WHEREAS, the Teamsters represent more than 2,500 workers at the company’s Salinas, California facility who are members of Local 890; and
WHEREAS, the company supplies numerous Teamster employers throughout our food supply chain as well as well-known retail chains such as Safeway, McDonald’s and Chipotle; and
WHEREAS, workers at Taylor Farms’ facility in Tracy, California — which employs 900 people — sought to form a union with Local 601, and more than 500 signed union authorization cards within a matter of weeks beginning in the fall of 2013; and
WHEREAS, the workers were then subjected to a brutal, unprecedented union- busting effort; a vicious campaign that employed the worst tactics of harassment, intimidation and outright assault on these workers and on everything this union stands for as Teamsters; and
WHEREAS, the National Labor Relations Board Region 32 failed in its duty to ensure an honest, dignified election process; and
WHEREAS, the National Labor Relations Board failed in its duties to uphold and ensure the rights of employees after the election process; and
WHEREAS, Taylor Farms’ workers and Teamsters led a successful campaign to pass the strongest joint employer liability legislation in the United States, holding staffing agencies accountable for violations of California labor laws; and
WHEREAS, Taylor Farms in Tracy still remains unorganized and the facility remains a hostile, dangerous and unsanitary workplace that is a threat not only to employees but to consumers.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED at this 29th International Convention that the Teamsters stand with workers in stressing the need for creating a food supply chain with integrity for workers and safety for consumers; and
FINALLY, BE IT RESOLVED that the IBT pledges its support to Tracy workers, Local 601 and Joint Council 7 in their continuing fight to organize workers at the facility.