WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters began rolling hand billing actions outside grocery stores under the Albertsons umbrella this week, demanding that the grocery stores hold their food supplier, Taylor Farms, accountable for a longlist of human rights violations or cease purchasing food from the company.
Individuals from more than 10 Teamster locals 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. The hand billing took place over the course of the week.
"This is just the beginning of our actions at the Albertsons family of stores," said Rome Aloise, President of Joint Council 7 and Secretary-Treasurer of Local 853. "Taylor Farms has been abusing workers physically, emotionally and denying them their rights for far too long. Their food is unsafe, as is their working environment. We will be hand billing to ensure that food stores like Albertsons uphold high ethical standards for their food chain, or drop dirty suppliers."
"The general public needs to know that when they buy deli salad at an Albertsons store, they're supporting horrific abuses," said Maria Leon, a worker at Taylor Farms. "Every dollar spent toward a Taylor Farms product supports sexual abuse, deplorable working conditions and a violation of human rights. This must end and Albertsons has the power to help us. The Albertsons chain can clean up the supply chain and help the workers at Taylor Farms lose their chains as well."
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.teamster.org.
Galen Munroe, (202) 624-6911
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SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters