- Support Tesla Workers by signing the Silicon Valley Rising petition
- Support the #GeneralStrike2020 by Boycotting Amazon, Whole Foods, Target, and Instacart -- see flyer below
- Join the San Jose May Day Rally on May 1st at Noon
- Join the #ProtectNurses Rally at 3:45PM at the Regional Medical Center -- see flyer below
To the Guild,
The community of San Jose and Santa Clara prides itself on being a community that welcomes a diversity of thought and opinion. San Jose has always been on the cutting edge of technology and public policy. We were one of the first cities to welcome the sale of legal cannabis, first under the guidelines of Prop. 215 with regard to medical and then after Proposition 64 with legal adult use. We are also a city that welcomes the participation of labor unions and workers rights. We are disappointed to hear that “The Guild” and its’ management has continually refused to acknowledge the choice of its workers when they decided to organize with UFCW 5.
We the undersigned strongly urge “The Guild” management to abide by the order of the National Labor Relations Board and come to the table and negotiate a fair contract. Now more than ever UFCW Local 5 members working at “The Guild” need to have a voice in the workplace, access to health care and benefits, and fair pay for fair work. Cannabis workers’ voices should be heard and protected and companies such as yours need to stop delaying the inevitable and respect the choice of your workers.
Our hope has always been the cannabis industry could behave differently when it comes to workers’ rights and their decision to join unions. Unions make business better and they make our communities stronger. By refusing to negotiate and bargain, despite multiple orders to recognize the workers rights, The Guild is displaying a disregard for the law and choice of their workers. This is not how San Jose does business.
We urge you to begin bargaining with UFCW Local 5 immediately and stop the delay. Live up to the San Jose standard.
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As you know, the COVID-19 crisis has devastated workers in every industry across the nation. The labor movement has made it clear that we need a new deal that makes a real difference in improving workers’ lives during this pandemic and beyond. As the crisis grows, California’s unions are demanding workers are protected.
To center workers in the response to COVID-19 and the long road to economic recovery ahead, we’ve created a list of demands called the Workers’ Bill of Rights so that working people won’t be left behind without an income, without a home and without basic protections. We need to make it clear that federal and state lawmakers can’t abandon ANY workers in this time of overwhelming need.
We’re asking that you take action and demand we implement a Workers’ Bill of Rights during the COVID-19 crisis today: Sign the petition here
To amplify the Workers’ Bill of Rights, we’re asking that you share the petition with your members and allies and post on your social media platforms. We’ve developed a social media toolkit with sample tweets and Facebook posts that we’re hoping you can use to get the word out. Access the toolkit here.
We’ll be using the hashtag #WorkersFirst. Please tweet the petition as often as you can on Wednesday and keep the drum up online the following days as well to ensure our demands are heard. If you have any questions on the bill of rights and messaging, please contact Steve Smith, email@example.com. And for questions on social media, contact me, Alex Catsoulis firstname.lastname@example.org
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