I'm writing with some great news, and a heartfelt expression of thanks.
The lock-out at the Charles Krug Winery has ended!
The new contract, while far short of the union's goals, is much
better than the previous offer. Management capitulated on its demand
that current workers take pay cuts. The workers return to their jobs
next Wednesday, February 27.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, Krug Winery failed in its blatant strategy to oust
the union. At the end of this struggle, the union is still in place,
and this struggle has unified and strengthened its members.
The longest lock-out in California labor history, of the Valley's
last unionized winery production work force, at Napa Valley's oldest
winery, drew 3,186 letters and faxes from Progressive Portal users.
People close to the Krug workers have told us how much your letters
meant to the 43 locked-out members of United Food and Commercial
Workers Local 186-D. We learned that Krug management was "freaked
out" by the outpouring, which reportedly amounted to a six-foot-high
pile of letters and faxes.
For a news report about the settlement, see:
If you wish, you may use our letter page to send a note to the owners
of Krug Winery expressing your feelings about this lock-out, and your
hope that the company will never again resort to such terrible
tactics against its workers:
The power of progressive activism has once again been demonstrated.
This is the second campaign launched by Progressive Portal since its
founding in early 2001, and the second to end in victory. (The first
was the drive to regain control of the Pacifica progressive radio
network from usurpers who nearly destroyed it.)
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A special congratulations and thank-you to the members of UFCW Local
186-D and their president, Jerry Barlow, and to activist and educator
Lauren Coodley, who brought this dispute to our attention and
provided much support to our work and other efforts on behalf of the
workers. Thanks also to all the Progressive Portal volunteers who
helped develop and maintain of this campaign.
And thanks most especially to YOU. Your letter made a difference!
In solidarity and celebration,