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RWDSU STATEMENT ON KAREN COX'S TESTIMONY ON THE “EMPLOYEE RIGHTS ACT”

Employees Stood Together to Unionize Because They Wanted a Better Life – Facts are Facts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Roger Grobstich, President of the Central States Council of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) and Stuart Appelbaum, President of the international RWDSU, responded to the false testimony of Karen Cox today on the “Employee Rights Act,” H.R. 2723. 

“Much of Ms. Cox’s testimony today is patently false – the RWDSU is proud of our continued work with our members at Americold – members who have personally told me what a better life they have now that the union represents them,” said Roger Grobstich, President of the Central States Council of the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU). “It is a shame that when just one person has a negative experience it is trumpeted as everyone’s experience – I can tell you that our members at Americold are proud to be represented by RWDSU and that what workers gain from joining our union family far outweighs this one voice we heard today.”

“We organize workers to help give a voice to working America at the bargaining table with corporate America – Americold was no different,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU). “We worked closely with members to ensure that the wages, healthcare, and grievance procedures we fought for in the contract with Americold were what workers wanted – plain and simple. The RWDSU closely follows the policies and procedures put fourth by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) – always. The majority of the hard working men and women at Americold are proud of their union membership and we will continue to advocate for their unique needs in the workplace just as we do on each and every one of our contracts.”

Attached, is the letter that Stuart Appelbaum, President of the RWDSU and Anthony M. Perrone, President of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) penned to the Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, ahead of today’s testimony.