Blue Diamond Workers Need our Help
- Dear Friend,
Blue Diamond runs the world's largest almond processing plant
and produces almonds for our snacks, cereal, and candy. They're
also running a self-described "aggressive union-avoidance
campaign" against their workers who are simply trying to form a
union to improve their wages and working conditions. Already
three pro-union workers have been fired!! Blue Diamond workers
need our help to urge the company to play fair and rehire the
fired workers. I just wrote a letter to Blue Diamond's CEO to
protest the firings. Will you join me?
Just go to
and tell Blue Diamond that its workers deserve a fair to chance
to have a voice at work. More information is included below!
----- Message from Liz Cattaneo, American Rights at Work ----
It's scary to think about getting threatened, interrogated, or
pressured on the job. Or even worse - fired. Yet that's exactly
what the federal government is charging happened to men and
women employed by one of the top producers of almonds when they
tried to join a union.
Blue Diamond Growers runs the world's largest almond process
plant and has run - in its own words - "an aggressive union
avoidance campaign." According to federal charges, workers have
been threatened, disciplined, and intimidated, and three
pro-union workers were fired.
Urge Blue Diamond to stop cracking down on union supporters!
For years, packers and mechanics at the Blue Diamond plant in
Sacramento, CA, say their employer has denied them respect,
raises, and benefits. So last summer, they began trying to join
the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. But when
workers stood up to exercise their rights, Blue Diamond came
down hard on them.
This Halloween, tell Blue Diamond to quit its tricks & treat its
In its "aggressive" campaign carried out by at least 12
managerial staff, the NLRB complaint against Blue Diamond
charges the company:
- Threatened workers would lose their benefits and their jobs
- Repeatedly threatened the plant would close down
- Interrogated workers about their support for the union
- Fired three pro-union workers
Blue Diamond produces nearly a third of California's
billion-dollar almond crop and can surely afford to treat its
workers right. Transport operator James Bizallion, a 17-year
veteran of the company supports a union because "We need a
change there. The morale is gone. We need a voice."*
Write Blue Diamond's CEO today to urge him to give workers like
James a fair chance at having a voice at work and to rehire the
Thanks for taking action!
American Rights at Work
*Quotes from: Osterman, Rachel, "Blue Diamond Tries to Avoid
Union Organization," SacBee, 14 May 05.