Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2002 5:04 PM
Subject: [NoTacoBell] Take Actions to support farm workers to against Pizza Hut!
Date: 11/20/2002 12:10:37 PM Pacific Standard Time
[additional information from ActionLA news service]
Pictsweet Boycott Action Alert! Please send your e-mail today!
A season of suffering . . . for Pictsweet Mushroom workers
During this season of giving, the owners of Pictsweet Mushroom Farms in Ventura, Calif. are doing nothing but double talking. After
15 years, this Tennessee-based agribusiness corporation still refuses to negotiate a decent union contract.
Pizza Hut Inc. continues to do business with Pictsweet despite Pictsweet's lengthy record of labor law violations. Pictsweet has
been found guilty of negotiating in bad faith and numerous other violations.
Please act to help these struggling workers during this holiday season. Tell Pizza Hut it's time to give back and help Pictsweet
mushroom workers get a United Farm Workers contract!
Attn: Mike Rawlings, President Pizza Hut Inc.
Dear Mr. Rawlings:
During this holiday season of giving and helping others, I appeal to Pizza Hut to stand with other socially responsible businesses
by keeping Pictsweet mushrooms off of your pizza.
Help Pictsweet workers negotiate the United Farm Workers contract they have sought for 15 years. Pictsweet has rejected the most
basic contract protections won by unionized workers at other mushroom companies in California and Florida. Pictsweet workers deserve
wage increases, better health benefits and decent working conditions.
Much of the mushrooms used by Pizza Hut are supplied by Pictsweet Mushroom Farms. I will boycott Pictsweet-brand mushrooms and
encourage my family and friends to do the same until there is a fair contract for Pictsweet workers in Ventura, Calif.
***Why You Should not buy Pictsweet mushrooms at Pizza Hut.
Tell Pizza Hut to help Pictsweet mushroom workers win a UFW contract! For 15 years, workers at Pictsweet Mushroom Farms in Ventura
County, Calif. north of Los Angeles have tried to negotiate a United Farm Workers contract. Pictsweet has ignored its workers'
desires and violated a host of state labor laws.
Pizza Hut Inc. continues to do business with Pictsweet despite its long record of work place violations. Pictsweet has been found
guilty of bargaining in bad faith and violating numerous other labor laws. · In May 2002, the members of the California Agricultural
Labor Relations Board upheld an earlier administrative judge's decision finding Pictsweet guilty of illegally firing mushroom picker
Fidel Andrade in retaliation for his support of the UFW and for engaging in other activities protected by the farm labor law. The
company was ordered to offer Andrade his job back and to reimburse him for all lost wages and benefits he "suffered as a result of
his unlawful discharge."
· A judge with the Agricultural Labor Relations Board ruled on June 19, 2002 that Pictsweet is guilty of bad-faith bargaining and
other serious violations of the law. In a 66-page written decision, Administrative Law Judge Nancy C. Smith found Pictsweet broke
the law by failing to provide a customary biennial pay hike in violation of the company's duty to bargain with the union, by
refusing to provide information the United Farm Workers needed to prepare for contract bargaining and by violating seniority when
conducting layoffs and recalls, and by illegally trying to decertify--or get rid of--the UFW.
· Pictsweet was fined $7,475 by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division for safety violations at its Salem, Ore. plant,
which was being orgainized by the UFW's sister union, PCUN. One of them caused Enrique Diaz Lupian, 46, to lose his right hand in an
accident. Other workers in both Oregon and California have been disciplined or fired for supporting unions.
Conditions at Pictsweet in Ventura are cruel and dangerous. Mushroom workers labor in dark and damp rooms. Floors are slippery.
Injuries happen too often. Workers only have the lights on their helmets to guide them. Many suffer vision problems.
The Ventura, Calif. workers themselves called for a boycott of Pictsweet mushrooms in September 2000. Since then, Pictsweet has lost
many major customers. Yet Pizza Hut still refuses to do the right thing.
**Background information about Pizza Hut in Hoovers.com
Pizza Hut is the world's #1 pizza chain; it has some 12,100 outlets in the US and nearly 90 other countries. Besides the popular The
Big New Yorker pizza, the company offers its flagship Pan Pizza, Thin n' Crispy, Pizzeria Stuffed Crust, Hand Tossed, and Sicilian.
The chain, with its characteristic red roof restaurants, offers dine-in, carry-out, and delivery service. Along with KFC and Taco
Bell, Pizza Hut was spun off from PepsiCo in 1997 and is now a division of Yum! Brands (formerly known as TRICON Global). The
company is expanding quickly in the UK with plans to open 75 new restaurant and delivery outlets in 2002. It currently has about 450
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