Sunday, 3/8: Women Workers and Families Reclaim International Working Women’s Day; Demand End to Mandatory Overtime With Public Call: “Shame on Costco Management!”
Join us at the rally this Sunday!
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Costco Brooklyn, 976 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Women workers from Pactiv Corp. will be joined by other workers, families and concerned residents to publicly shame the wholesale retailer Costco. The Ain’t I a Woman?! Campaign demands Costco management to immediately cease from contracting with Pactiv and its parent company Reynolds’, because they force workers to perform mandatory overtime.
Workers who had slaved in Pactiv Corp.’s packing department decided to organize and demand better conditions in June 2010 after one worker passed out due to the extreme heat and lack of water. In response, the company launched a retaliation campaign, laying off 60% of the packing department for leading or supporting the efforts to improve working conditions. The remaining workers were forced to speed up production and work up to 84 hours a week, causing many injuries and even permanent disability. Pactiv then fired even more workers in 2012 and 2013, replacing them with temporary workers.
Costco has largely profited from its image as a pro-worker company, including maintaining a code of conduct to not contract with companies that impose mandatory overtime. However, it is breaking that code by continuing to do business with sweatshops Pactiv and Reynolds’. Workers and Costco members have called on Costco’s management to take Reynolds products off the shelves. Despite repeated requests, Costco continues to profit from the sweatshop manufacturer’s goods. Workers and supporters are urging Costco members to call the management and sign petitions demanding Costco cut ties with Pactiv and Reynolds’.