Ace Tomato workers to hand in petition Tuesday.
Won't you sign it?
We want to thank the nearly 6,000 UFW supporters who sent emails to the ALRB telling them to take action to have the Ace Tomato contract implemented immediately. Unfortunately they issued another decision Friday that states while the contract should be in effect, the Board has no basis at this time to seek enforcement.
The UFW is planning on following up through every avenue possible. But in the meantime we ask you to join us in helping the workers keep up the pressure.
The workers have sent the company a letter asking the company to meet with them. To date the company has ignored the letter. So next Tuesday the workers plan to go to the company directly. They will hold a demonstration in front of the company's Manteca headquarters where they will demand a meeting and hand in a petition signed by UFW supporters. They hope to convince Ace Tomato President, Kathleen Lagorio Janssen, to implement the mediator approved contract once and for all so farm workers can finally earn union wages. Jassen has benefited directly from union representation as a teacher in the school system, so she certainly know why farm workers needs a union. Also, as the honored 2004 Stocktonian of the Year, she should want to be a positive role model to Stockton residents, which include her employees and their families.
72-year old Leonardo Gonzalez Manso is one of the worker leaders who voted for the UFW 23 years ago. He asked us to deliver this message to you: "Can you help us put pressure on Ace Tomato because the company doesn't want to sign our contract? We have been fighting for years. The Labor Board didn't want to help us back then, thought we were going to forget, but we haven't...Please sign our petition and tell the company to put our contract in place and meet with me and my fellow workers."
Please sign the petition today and tell the President of Ace Tomato, Kathleen Lagorio Janssen, to implement the mediator approved contract once and for all so farm workers can finally earn union wages.
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