Giumarra – your workers deserve better.
Farm workers at the company Giumarra Vineyards are organizing to win respect and dignity on the job – and they need your support.
Giumarra Vineyards is the nation’s largest table grape grower, employing close to 2,500 grape workers. Approximately one out of every ten bunches of grapes picked in the U.S. comes from workers for a single company–Giumarra. This company has a long history of intimidating and bullying workers and violating their rights. In fact, back in 2006, a union election was thrown out by an administrative judge because of Giumarra’s unlawful interference. In addition, two farm workers have died of heat-related causes while laboring in Giumarra’s fields.
Workers are organizing for justice in their work place at Giumarra Vineyards. It markets its grapes and numerous other fruits and vegetables from around the world under the name Nature’s Partner. But it is no partner to the workers!
Giumarra has one of the most egregious histories of abusing farm workers in the state. Two out of 15 farm workers who have died heat-related illnesses died while picking grapes for Giumarra. And a recent lawsuit against Giumarra filed by the federal Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) alleges that the company permitted a 17-year-old girl to be sexually harassed and then fired her and 3 other workers for coming to her defense.
With the table grape harvest just around the corner, farm workers at Giumarra urgently need a major public display of support. Consumers in this country are the ultimate power when it comes to requiring higher standards from companies – as we can always vote with our dollars. As a result of consumers raising their voice, grocery store shelves and coolers are now stocked more and more with sustainably, organically, and humanely produced and fairly traded items. We need you to raise your voice to help get the message to the mega-company Giumarra!
Data show that it only takes about 5-10% of a store’s customer base to impact purchasing decisions. Please help by signing the UFW’s Giumarra/Nature’s Partner pledge. Without a push from consumers, these farm workers will continue to have to deal with miserable conditions – inadequate shade and water, dangerous pesticide exposure, extremely low wages, and disrespectful treatment.