New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech appeared before the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) on Tuesday to report harsh, anti-union tactics – including unjust firings – by Deep Foods, a large Union County-based Indian foods maker that EDA previously granted up to $27 million in taxpayer-funded, job-creation subsidies.
“Why would New Jersey spend millions of dollars in public taxpayers’ money to help a company that does not respect its employees,” President Wowkanech asked the EDA, after learning of the tax incentive program approved for Deep Foods. “Since being approved for up to $26.9 million from the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program, Deep Foods has betrayed the community’s trust by engaging in textbook anti-union, anti-worker tactics. New Jersey taxpayers should not subsidize such irresponsible behavior.”Read more
Deep Foods, Inc., the leading Indian food manufacturer in the U.S. based in Union, NJ, has taken a page out of the union buster’s playbook, launching a shameful campaign of intimidation and deception against its workers seeking to join RWDSU Local 262.
While most of Deep Foods’ 239 employees, including 49 warehouse workers, expressed an interest in forming a union, the company has resolved to fight the organizing drive every step of the way. Management is using stall tactics, spreading misinformation, and unjustly fired two employees for supporting the union. Not surprisingly, the company’s unscrupulous behavior is devastating to those workers who simply want to exercise their right to a voice on the job.Read more