Tell Cullen Gilchrist to stop illegally retaliating against workers for unionizing!

Tell Cullen Gilchrist to stop illegally retaliating against workers for unionizing!

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Union Kitchen Needs A Union started this petition to Cullen Gilchrist and

We, the workers of Union Kitchen, have been organizing for the last six months to unionize our workplace. Management has abolished tips effectively cutting our pay, denied workers paid COVID sick leave, intentionally understaffed our stores, and ignored and defended the actions of racist and sexist managers. We view unionization as the only viable solution to these issues.

We have formed a union not out of a desire to damage Union Kitchen, but to strengthen it. Union Kitchen would be stronger if these issues were addressed, and if workers had a voice. We believe in Union Kitchen's core values and mission. When we took our campaign public, we hoped management would act in accordance with them by hearing our voice and recognizing our union.

Instead, they have launched an egregious and despicable union busting campaign. This began the week following our public announcement when management threatened several outspoken union supporters with termination. In solidarity with our coworkers, eleven of us conducted a 48-hour unfair labor practice strike in protest of management's illegal retaliation.

Yesterday, management followed through on one of those threats. They fired Rob Ballock, a Supervisor, worker organizer, and outspoken union supporter at the 9th St. location. Rob came in to work, clocked in when his shift started, and was told "on time was late". He was terminated effective immediately.

We view this malicious act as an attack on our friend and coworker and yet another attempt to silence and suppress our union. Management has again blatantly broken the National Labor Relations Act, and the most basic and fundamental laws of morality. We are outraged by and ashamed of the company we work for. We believe in what Union Kitchen could be, and because of this are saddened beyond measure as each day management moves us further and further from that ideal.

Cullen Gilchrist, Union Kitchen founder, board chair, and CEO has repeatedly said he is committed to democratic and fair elections, free of intimidation and coercion. Meanwhile, he attempts to ruin our workplace by creating a culture of fear. We are not afraid, and we will not be silenced.

We demand Mr. Gilchrist immediately cease his illegal and unconscionable conduct.

We wish to extend to him the opportunity to de-escalate the tensions between workers and management. We posit that if he were truly committed to democratic and fair elections, he would be willing to sign a statement of his commitment to principles of non-interference. The following non-interference principles, sent to Cullen this morning, are adapted from our big-siblings at Starbucks Workers United, and in our minds would lay a solid foundation upon which to conduct free and fair elections.

1. The right to organize a union is a fundamental civil right essential to democracy.

2. If workers choose to unionize, there will be no negative repercussions from management.

3. Union Kitchen agrees not to make any implicit threats (lawful but unethical) or explicit threats (unlawful).

4. Union Kitchen agrees not to retaliate against union supporters (unlawful).

5. Workers believe they have been threatened and retaliated against. Union Kitchen agrees to resolve this immediately through a mutually agreed upon arbitrator. Workers will still maintain their right to go to the National Labor Relations Board.

6. Principled disagreements are part of the campaign process but disparaging remarks about UFCW, the labor movement, and especially Union Kitchen employees are not appropriate and not conducive to a spirit of mutual respect and harmony. Union Kitchen agrees not to engage in these activities, and to resolve any allegations of such conduct through a mutually agreed upon arbitrator.

7. Companies should not be in the business of propagating misinformation. Union Kitchen agrees to cite their sources when discussing any and all information pertaining to unions.

Sign below, and tell Cullen to stop illegally retaliating against workers and sign these non-interference principles.

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