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Union to Jersey Indian Food Producer: Hold the Curry and Put Back Workers Fired for Union Activity; NLRB Chimes In




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Union to Jersey Indian Food Producer: Hold the Curry and Put Back Workers Fired for Union Activity; NLRB Chimes In

Worker Protests at Indian Food Manufacturer in Union


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          Cesar Suarez one of the workers terminated from Deep Foods in Union                        Protesters at Deep Foods Manufacturing Facility 

 


By KATHY CRYAN

February 7, 2016 at 11:04 AM

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UNION, NJ - On Thursday a delegation of community leaders met outside of the headquarters of the Deep Foods manufacturing facility on Springfield Road in Union.  Deep Foods has been a family-owned and operated manufacturer of Indian cuisine since 1977.  The delegation is calling for the reinstatement of workers who were fired from the company.

According to a press release from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this week issued a decision that found Deep Foods illegally terminated the workers for leading a drive to join the RWDSU.  The NLRB is ordering the company to restore four workers to their previous positions .  A judge will hear the case in March.

The company refused to address the delegation.   According to a spokesperson from Deep Foods, the consolidated complaint order did not include hiring the workers back.

"The workers at Deep Foods need good wages to support our families, but most of all what we need is respect on the job," said Cesar Suarez, a maintenance worker and one of the employees who was terminated.  Suarez claims Deep Foods workers were sometimes forced to work in 120-degree rooms or were given only a 20-minute break in an 11-hour day.  "I want to return to work and I want Deep Foods to treat us as human beings."

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech said, "Deep Foods has decided to take the low-road by waging unfair and retaliatory attacks against its own workers seeking to form a union."   He said that Deep Food workers have the support of one million New Jersey union members and their families who have been notified to keep the struggles of these employees in mind before purchasing Indian grocery products.

 

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