Support Stella D’Oro workers

By LeiLani Dowell

NYC FIST

The Stella D’Oro Support Committee is asking allies in the labor movement and other supporters to sign on to a petition asking for an injunction to stop the sale of the Stella D’Oro company.

After the National Labor Relations Board ordered Brynwood Partners, private owners of Stella D’Oro, to reinstate 136 bakery workers with the same pay and benefits they had before their 11-month strike, the company announced plans to shut down the Bronx, N.Y., facility within 90 days. Brynwood Partners is reportedly in negotiations with Lance, Inc., a North Carolina-based, non-union company.

The Stella D’Oro workers are members of Local 50 of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union, and have vowed to continue to fight to keep their factory open. Throughout the entire 11-month strike, not one worker crossed the picket line to return to work. The Stella D’Oro workers have received the support of many labor unions as well as the support of the neighboring Bronx community.

The support committee requests messages and petitions supporting the workers’ request for an injunction be e-mailed to BCTGMLocal50@aol.com, rscannell@bctgm.org, stevekindredny@verizon.net, and rscannell@bctgm.org.

A sample message states: “To Celeste Mattina, NLRB Regional Director, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 3614, New York, NY 10278-0104. We, the undersigned, understand that BCGM Local #50 has sought an injunction in the Stella D’Oro case under Article 10-J of the National Labor Relations Act. We support their request. We urge you to support it and take speedy action to act on it.”

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