Trade Fair must hire back workers

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An open letter to the Trade Fair Supermarket management team:

As members of the City Council, we write in support of your meat department workers and their efforts to receive fair and lawful treatment in the workplace.

We understand that UFCW Local 342 has initiated an unfair labor practices strike against your business over allegations that your meat department workers have been subjected to consistent, illegal abuses at your business.

By locking out your unionized workers and attempting to replace them with inexperienced, non-unionized workers, you have not only jeopardized the livelihoods of your employees’ families, but also endangered the health of your neighbors and our city.

The Council will not tolerate any of our community members being unjustly treated.

We call on you to do what is right and to allow these workers to return to work so they can begin serving their community and supporting their families again. We also call on you to immediately cease all unfair labor practices and treat your workers with the respect they have earned. Trade Fair customers should take their business elsewhere until you take these actions and begin complying with labor laws.

We hope you will take these requests seriously and restore your company’s status as an honest, safe and trustworthy local food provider.

Christine Quinn

Council Speaker


Daniel Dromm



Jimmy Van Bramer


(D-Jackson Heights)

Julissa Ferreras


(D-East Elmhurst)

Peter Koo



Karen Koslowitz


(D-Forest Hills)

Elizabeth Crowley


(D-Forest Hills)

Ruben Wills



Donovan Richards



Jim Gennaro


(D-Fresh Meadows)

Posted 7:20 pm, April 18, 2013
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Reader feedback

Stephen Folkson from Oakland Gardens says:
Trade Fair has already lost this public relations battle and should allow these workers to regain their positions.
April 22, 2013, 6:07 am
Anon from Astoria says:
Why not mention the harassment and vandalizing the union reps have done to innocent third parties trying to deliver to the stores. The keyed cars, slashed tires and threats against innocent people should be brought to light.
April 23, 2013, 9:54 am
Truth Teller from Queens says:
Total lies "Anon from Astoria"- If anything, the company has been guilty of harassment and vandalism. Workers and union reps have had their cars keyed, tires slashed, and the inflatable rat was slashed by Trade Fair personnel several times. An arrest was even made. Don't let the truth get in the way of your BS! The customers know the truth because they see it. No amount of spin can make people believe otherwise!
April 23, 2013, 10:19 am
Kristin Pak from Jackson Heights says:
I sincerely hope that the workers are rehired soon. For their sake, for the community's sake, and for my sake.

I used to go there regularly after getting out of work at 10:00 p.m. Since the strike started I've gone only to Met across the street, but they close at 10:00, so I have to go before work or rush as they're closing.

Best wishes to the workers, especially those on 75th Street & 37th Ave!
April 23, 2013, 10:37 am
Jacob Reese from Jackson Heights says:
I had the same experience as Ms. Pak. I prefer to shop at TF on 37th Ave because their prices are better. But there is no way in hell I am going to undermine these meat workers by shopping there. These workers deserve to be treated fairly and to get a decent wage. I have been shopping at Met Food since this started and that will continue unless and until this gets resolved in the right way.

Thanks to Daniel Dromm, my excellent councilman, for writing that letter. But now, do something to resolve this!
April 23, 2013, 2:07 pm
TF_Rude_Market from Jackson Heights says:
I'm not surprised by TF management taking such bogus action against their employees. I find the TF staff at the register to be extremely rude, with poor customer service skills. MET Food across the street has better service and friendly staff. Perhaps TF can learn from MET how to manage a business.
April 24, 2013, 12:47 pm

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