Rehire the workers you fired and negotiate in good faith
Norpel, a leading seafood processing company in New Bedford, MA, is refusing to negotiate in good faith with its employees, and has fired workers who engaged in peaceful, lawful collective action at their workplace.
Seafood processing is one of the largest industries in New Bedford, employing over 2000 workers, the majority of whom are Central American immigrants. While New Bedford is the richest fishing port in the U.S., and seafood processing is deeply embedded in the local economy, the industry is notorious for wage theft, unpaid overtime and hazardous working conditions.
Fishing for Justice/Pescando Justicia is a community-led campaign for fair and safe conditions in New Bedford's seafood processing industry. Our coalition includes leaders from the religious, labor, social justice and educational communities and is coordinated by the Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores.
- Northern Pelagic Group LLC
On December 16th, workers at the Norpel fish processing plant were fired after engaging in a peaceful, lawful action to defend their rights on the job. On December 15, they presented a letter to management requesting a meeting to discuss fair pay and treatment. An employer representative assaulted one of the worker leaders who was subsequently taken to the emergency room. Several workers were summarily dismissed with no written explanation.
We believe this kind of treatment is unacceptable. We ask Norpel to
1) Re-employ all the workers who were fired for speaking up for their rights
2) Sit down with your workers regarding their concerns and negotiate in good faith.
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