On April 4, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice for stifling the efforts of workers unionizing for better working conditions in Olympia, Wash.
Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice is a chain of American warehouse grocery stores located in California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. UFCW Local 367 was a petitioner in the case. Workers reached out to UFCW Local 367 in mid-2015 with the desire to make their workplace better. A clear majority of workers wanted to be represented by the UFCW, and they worked hard to counter negative messages from management.
The listed NLRB charges include the use of a consultant to handle grievances of the employees and remove positive union postings from Cash & Carry break room boards, and the transfer of a manager to another location.
“Every hard-working woman and man has a right to better working conditions,” said Denise Jagielo, president of UFCW Local 367. “It is unfortunate that Cash & Carry brought in a union buster to dissuade the workers. We will continue to support the workers until they have their voices heard.”