New Seasons Market Solidarity Demonstration, Press Release

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

COMMUNITY SOLIDARITY RALLY TO TAKE PLACE AT

NEW SEASONS MARKET – SEVEN CORNERS STORE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 5:00PM

1954 SE DIVISION ST., PORTLAND, OR

On Tuesday, February 7, our co-worker Ryan Gaughan was wrongfully
terminated from employment at New Seasons Market, Seven Corners.  He has
been employed at NSM for 9.5 years, with a clean employment record and no
issues pertaining to attendance or job performance. Ryan has been integral
in promoting a democratic voice for workers within the company.

To learn more about the history of worker concerted activity at NSM Seven
Corners, and about the circumstances leading to Ryan’s termination, please
visit our website at:

newseasonsmarketworkersvoice.org

We call upon all workers, customers, families, and community allies to join
us for this historic and exciting solidarity rally!  The rally will be the
official starting point for our campaign, which will specifically demand
the following from NSM management:

1. Reinstate Ryan immediately; same job, same hours, and payment for
lost wages since his termination on February 7.
2. Collaborate with workers to establish a peer-review system regarding
disciplinary actions and terminations.  Workers are entitled to have a
peer witness present during disciplinary meetings, and the ability to
directly contest disciplinary actions made by management.

“The fine print…”

We welcome participation from everyone in the community, including our
fellow workers represented by labor unions.  However, we wish to make clear
that our campaign is an independent initiative of workers from within the
Seven Corners store, focused on concerted activity and mutual aid.  Feel
free to bring custom made signs and banners pertaining to our demands, but
please, do not attempt to use our rally for the purposes of promoting your
labor union, political party, political candidate, or any other secondary
initiative.

We stand in solidarity with grocery store workers, union and non-union
alike, and view our struggle in commonality with theirs.  That said,
workers from the Seven Corners store wish to emphasize that our campaign is
not affiliated in any way with the United Food & Commercial Workers Union
(UFCW).

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