All Day Protest This Wednesday
New Seasons’ Workers And Community Supporters Calling on Ballard to Reject New Seasons
WHEN: Wednesday May 9, 9:30AM – 6PM
WHERE: 951 NW Ballard Way Seattle, WA 98107
WHAT: Ballard community members, elected leaders, labor unions, grocery workers, faith community leaders, and more are joining three New Seasons’ employees from Portland in an all-day protest of the chain’s opening in Seattle. RSVP here.
9:30 AM Portland New Seasons’ Workers Greeting
10:00 AM Rally & Speaker Program
11 – 5 Various actions
5:00 PM Rally & Speaker Program
BACKGROUND: Controversial grocery chain New Seasons is trying to expand into Seattle, opening a store in Ballard this Wednesday.
Employees say corporate managers retaliated against Portland workers who spoke up about working conditions, even hiring a notorious Trump Hotel union-buster to intimidate and silence them.
New Seasons is also under fire from community leaders for links to Murdock Trust, a major funder of anti-LGBTQ groups including those that advocate for gay conversion therapy and fake women’s health clinics.
The grocery chain was once known for its community values. However, since its purchase by Endeavour Capital, a private equity investment firm which also owns Aladdin Bail Bonds, employees say corporate managers have been focused on expansion and cutting costs even if it impacts customer health and worker safety.
RECENT RELEVANT COVERAGE:
Seattle Weekly: New Seasons Market’s Old Baggage As the Portland grocer expands to Seattle, labor organizers raise concerns about its treatment of workers.
Willamette Week: NSM Hires The Same Union-Busting Firm Donald Trump Used to Fight Workers At His Las Vegas Hotels Cruz & Associates is a consulting firm that specializes in “union avoidance” according to its website.
Oregonian: New Seasons workers allege retaliation, union-busting The New Seasons workers, backed by grocery union UFCW Local 555, says the company doesn’t deserve B Corp status. The letter asks B Lab to investigate New Seasons’ compliance with the B Corp principles and to decertify the grocer if found in violation.
Seattle Times: New Seasons Market pulls back from California, still plans two Seattle stores Its expansion to Seattle, where most grocery chains are unionized, has faced resistance from labor groups and some community members.
Capitol Hill Times: New Seasons employees speaking up as grocer moves forward with Seattle stores Workers talk about poor conditions, union-busting attempts
Stranger: Guest Editorial: Murdock Trust’s Surprising Ties to Anti-LGBTQ Groups Murdock, through Endeavour, is also a part owner of New Seasons, a controversial retail chain with plans to open stores in Seattle’s Ballard and Central District neighborhoods over community objections.
Oregonian: New Seasons Market isn’t living up to its brand Guest opinion by Rep. Nosse Sadly, instead of disavowing the work of its investor, New Seasons’ leadership defended and made excuses for the Murdock Trust, claiming that its grantees have “diverse viewpoints, perspectives and missions.”
Stranger: Planned Grocery Store Raises Representation, Labor Concerns in the Central District “We have employees who can’t afford to shop in our store, even with a discount,” they said. “Products are overpriced.”