“New Seasons could take some really simple steps to show they’re actually committed to doing better on workers’ rights, and a community coalition has told them how to do so. For example: bring in community organizations funded by Seattle’s Office of Labor Standards to do meaningful workers’ rights trainings for employees. If they don’t respond to the community’s proposals by the deadline they were given, which is November 16th, how can we believe they’re going to make changes?” -Matthew Lang, Transit Riders Union
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.