Hundreds of Teamster warehouse workers took part in a multi-state leafleting action over the weekend aimed at educating Fred Meyer customers in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington about the company’s attempt to degrade workers’ health care plans and outsource good, family-wage jobs.
Warehouse workers talked with customers at dozens of Fred Meyer and QFC stores across western Washington. They were joined by farmworkers, grocery clerks, and community members who handbilled at Fred Meyer and QFC stores in eastern Washington as well as in Alaska, Oregon, and Idaho.
In addition to educating consumers about the outsourcing issue, participants also talked about the mistreatment of workers and animals on the dairy farms that supply Fred Meyer’s milk.
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Together, Teamsters, farm workers, grocery clerks and numerous other groups, form the Farm to Family Coalition, an association of labor, faith, environmental and organic food activists aimed at promoting food safety and workplace justice across the supply chain.
Fred Meyer is a subsidiary of Kroger, Inc., the second-largest grocery retailer in the country. In 2013, Kroger reported sales of $98.4 billion and profits of $1.5 billion.