Hundreds Protest To Hold Taylor Farms Accountable
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters intensified rolling handbilling actions this week outside grocery stores under the Albertsons umbrella, demanding that the grocery stores hold their food supplier, Taylor Farms, accountable for a long list of human rights violations or cease purchasing food from the company.
Individuals from around the nation held signs that read “Taylor Farms Makes Bad Salads” and handed out information on leaflets about the litany of documented charges at the company’s Tracy, Calif., food processing plant.
“We have held hundreds of handbilling activities outside of places where Taylor Farms supplies food,” said Rome Aloise, President of Joint Council 7 and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 853. “These actions will continue until our simple demand is met: If you buy food from Taylor Farms, demand that Taylor Farms clean up its act and stop violating the rights of its workers or drop Taylor Farms as a supplier.”
“The outpouring of love we’ve received in our struggle has been tremendous,” said Maria Leon, a worker at Taylor Farms. “We’ve endured so much from Taylor Farms—chemical spills that sent us to the hospital, sexual harassment and gun-toting guards disrupting our union election. The support and solidarity we’ve received has helped us keep going in our struggle for better working conditions and a union. We won’t stop until we win.”