New Seasons Market workers involved in a unionization effort are accusing the Portland grocer of retaliating against them and hiring a “union-busting” consulting firm. Their complaints were outlined in a Thursday letter that was signed by “New Seasons Workers United,” but not by any individuals so it is not clear how many workers have complained. New Seasons has disputed the claims.
Thursday’s letter comes just over a month after workers announced they are attempting to organize a union. In a statement, the grocer denied any retaliation. B Corp status
The letter was addressed to B Lab, the Pennsylvania nonprofit that awarded New Seasons its B Corp certification. The designation is awarded to businesses that “meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency,” according to the B Corp website. 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. The B Corp designation, like the LEED stamp for environmentally friendly buildings, is often used as a marketing tool. Read more here…
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