LOS ANGELES, July 9, 2020 / PRNewswire / – The morning of Thursday July 9th, elected leaders, including Los Angeles City Council member Kevin DeLeon, California Member of the assembly Miguel Santiago, California State Senator Maria Elena DurazoJimmy Gomez, a member of the Congress, accompanied members of the community in a caravan to the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market to support striking key workers at Valley Produce. This company is the largest and most profitable distributor on the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market, but denies its employees dignity, respect, and voice at work. At the start of the press conference on the picket line, Teamsters Local 630 Secretary Treasurer Lou Villalvazo explained: "It is a shame that Valley Produce uses government loans to harass and intimidate its workers. Today we want to show Valley Produce that our elected officials and community members are looking at them and that their disrespect for working people must stop. ""
Los Angeles City Councilor, Kevin DeLeon The recently elected representative of the district, which includes the Los Angeles wholesale product market, said: "This facility is an economic engine for our communities during the current pandemic. We need to ensure that these workers are treated fairly. I support these workers in the Strike because they are members of our community who need good union jobs to take care of their families. "Member of the Assembly Miguel Santiago explained: "It is a shame that Valley Produce is against the law and refuses to negotiate with its employees in good faith. We demand that this employer be a good manager of its resources and abide by the laws of our country that state that workers have a law. " Right to negotiate for better working conditions. "
State Senator Maria Elena Durazo "Teamster Essential employees, like those at Valley Produce, bravely served at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic and risked their lives to ensure that thousands of restaurants, grocery stores, and schools were stocked to feed millions . " of families throughout Southern California. These workers need our support to win this fight for justice. "
Congressman Jimmy Gomez then said, "For profitable companies like Valley Produce, it is obscene to receive taxpayer loans to taxpayers while they rip off workers and their families as part of the federal government's COVID-19 relief efforts." "said Rep. Jimmy Gomez. "For me, if you're willing to take public money, it means you have to share it with the workers. And that means higher wages and benefits. That's what this is about."
While standing next to Valley Produce striking workers, Ron HerreraThe President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor said: "Valley Produce employees have enjoyed the benefits of a Teamster Union contract for more than 40 years. Unfortunately, the Valley Produce CEO has been in the process of negotiating contracts Carrie La Londe and co-CEO Dough La Londe offered no wage increases to his workers and decided to hire an expensive Union Buster to intimidate and prevent workers from exercising their right to bargain collectively for better wages and benefits. This is wrong and that's why we stand here shoulder to shoulder with our brothers today to tell them that the LA Labor Movement will be here with them until they win this strike. "
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SOURCE Teamsters Local Union 630