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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jimmy Johns Workers Union (Industrial Workers of the World)
Contacts: Emily Przybylsky, 414-477-9803; Erik Forman, 612-598-6205
September 3, 2010
Jimmy Johns Labor Dispute Bursts onto National Stage with Coast-to-Coast
Actions Planned for Labor Day
Fast Food Union Campaign Escalates as Management Refuses to Meet with
Press Conference: 11am September 3, Block E Jimmy Johns, Minneapolis
Compelling Visuals: Jimmy Johns workers in union T-shirts, picket signs,
MINNEAPOLIS- Faced with the refusal of Jimmy Johns franchise owners Mike
and Rob Mulligan to meet with their employees to discuss demands for
improvements to working conditions, the IWW Jimmy Johns Workers Union
announced today that it will coordinate a nation-wide Week of Action
beginning on Labor Day at Jimmy Johns locations across the United States
to pressure the Mulligans to come to the table.
“If Mike and Rob won’t just sit down and meet with us, we feel we have
no other choice but to put pressure on them to listen. We are going to
show Jimmy John’s corporate that if they don’t ensure that their
franchise owners are respecting their employees, there will be
consequences at the national level,” said Emily Przybylsky, a union
member in Minneapolis.
The Jimmy Johns Workers Union will draw on the extensive network of the
Industrial Workers of the World labor organization to coordinate the
actions. Informational pickets and leafleting are planned so far in 32
of 39 states in which Jimmy Johns operates, with more to come.
In Minneapolis, the Union plans a series of actions over the weekend
culminating in a Labor Day Rally and free concert featuring local Hip
Hop icons Guante and I Self Divine.
The national corporate headquarters of Jimmy Johns has yet to respond to
the unionization campaign, the first at the expanding sandwich empire.
The union effort could have profound implications for other employers in
the fast food industry, a sector known for the lowest rate of
unionization– and lowest wages– in the United Sates. Only 1.8% of food
service workers were represented by a union in 2009, far below the
nation-wide figure of 12.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor
Statistics. The question of unionization of the food and service
industries is assuming greater focus as employment in these non-union
sectors increases, while manufacturing, the traditional stronghold of
unionization, continues to decline.
The demands of the IWW Jimmy Johns Workers Union include a pay increase
to above minimum wage, consistent scheduling and minimum shift lengths,
regularly scheduled breaks, sick days, no-nonsense workers compensation
for job-related injuries, an end to sexual harassment at work, and basic
fairness on the job.
The Jimmy Johns Workers Union, open to employees at the company
nationwide, is affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World labor
union. Gaining prominence in recent years for organizing Starbucks
workers, the IWW is a global union founded over a century ago for all