“Community groups, including Puget Sound SAGE, have spent a lot of time and effort showing New Seasons Market’s corporate leadership what the path forward looks like if they want to be welcomed in Seattle, especially in the Central District, where they plan to open a store at 23rd & Union. We gave the company a deadline of November 16th to respond with some real commitments to improve on workers’ rights, preventing displacement, and their ties to the Murdock Trust. We haven’t heard anything back yet.” -Nicole Vallestero Keenan-Lai, Puget Sound Sage
A coalition of community groups met with New Seasons’ president in October to discuss concerns around the chain’s expansion into Seattle, especially ongoing plans to open a location at 23rd & Union. The coalition asked New Seasons’ corporate management to show they’re committed to respecting the neighborhood and making meaningful changes after New Seasons’ history of union-busting, a problematic sick leave and attendance policy for workers, and the chain’s deliberate targeting of gentrifying neighborhoods for development. The group gave New Seasons a roadmap for what real accountability would look like, and over a month to look at the proposal and respond. But the coalition hasn’t heard anything back yet.