Friday, October 26, 2007

Smithfield Sues Jobs with Justice

From Jobs with Justice:

Smithfield Foods has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Jobs With Justice, the Change To Win (CTW) labor federation, and the union organizing its employees in Tar Heel, NC, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). The suit is being filed under the RICO statute designed to fight organized crime. The baseless suit is in response to the growing national campaign to support workers' rights at Smithfield

The company's RICO suit is ironic given the well documented violations of state and federal law that the company has been found in violation of. It seeks to stop all such campaigns in the future and is a clear violation of the constitutional rights of all supporters of workers' rights.

Jobs with Justice is proud to stand with the workers of Tar Heel, their union the UFCW, Change To Win and the many other religious, community and labor organizations supporting this important fight. We pledge to redouble our efforts to achieve justice at Smithfield. We call on all people of good will to join us in demanding that Smithfield drop this suit and begin negotiations with the union to ensure that the voices of their employees are heard and that their right to form a union is respected.

The workers in Tar Heel are organizing and growing stronger. Jobs with Justice and all of our allies will continue to support those workers until they have a voice at work and justice on the job.

Read more about what Jobs with Justice has been doing to support the campaign for Justice at Smithfield in our newsletters from September, July , and April newsletters. Read a statement from the UFCW at:

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