January 27 — Striking Azteca workers, members of UE Local 1159, and community allies will hold a demonstration on Tuesday, January 28th at 7pm at the Hyde Park Food Co-op, 1300 E. 47th St, Chicago. They will be pressing to have Azteca Tortillas removed from the food co-op's shelves in support of the ongoing boycott of Azteca Foods. The workers have been on strike against Azteca Foods since September 30th. 2002.
The strikers will be on hand to speak to members of the food co-op’s board of directors about the national boycott of Azteca Foods products, which are currently sold at the co-op.
The Azteca strikers have been demanding that the Hyde Park Food Co-op pull Azteca product off their shelves and support the national consumer boycott against Azteca tortillas, tortilla shells, chips and Buena Vida tortillas. The food co-op’s management has not responded to the strikers’ request or been willing to speak to the workers about the strike. The board of the food co-op will be meeting and the strikers will be there to voice support for a resolution to be introduced at the meeting supporting the boycott.
Azteca Foods is demanding the right to fire a worker for having a union leaflet on company property, the right to fire immigrant workers for lying on their job application, even if that worker is legally in this country and cuts in pay and protections even though the company, with revenues of up to $33 million a year, is profitable and growing.
Chicago-based Azteca is one of the nation’s largest and most successful tortilla producers. Azteca's CEO Art Velasquez is a prominent leader in the Chicago business and Latino communities.
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