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  • Norma J. F. Harrison
    ... From: tomcondit@igc.org, SIUHIN@aol.com Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2002 5:04 PM Subject: [NoTacoBell] Take Actions to support farm workers to against
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 21, 2002
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      From: tomcondit@..., SIUHIN@...

      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
      From: ufwofamer@...
      [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!

      *Send your protest mail today!

      1) To send the letter by e-mail, click the following link: http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/Pizza_Hut/k5k6x2275b6

      2) by mail:
      Address: 14841 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75254
      Phone: 972-338-7700
      Fax: 972-338-6869

      *Sample Letter*
      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.

      Thank you.

      [Your name]
      [Your address]

      ***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
      UK outlets.
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