California: Jon Donaire Bakery Workers Call for Boycott of Ice Cream Cakes

By Peter Garland

One hundred workers employed by Jon Donaire/Rich Products in Santa Fe Springs, California, have called for a boycott of Donaire products after being on strike since November 3. The workers, who are mainly immigrant women, are represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) Local 37, and produce cakes for grocery stores and chain restaurants. The workers are calling for a boycott of ice cream cakes made by Jon Donaire/Rich Products.

In a post shared to the Rich’s Union Members Appreciation Page, the workers ask supporters to boycott Jon Donaire/Rich Products ice cream cakes sold by Baskin Robbins, Coldstone Creamery, and grocery stores including Walmart, Costco, Ralph’s, Vons, Smart & Final, and Safeway. The labels on these cakes show a small “Jon Donaire” logo.

The workers are demanding a three dollar per hour raise over three years, and an end to 12 to 14 hour shifts. The workers have been offered a 50 cent per hour raise, which they have rejected.

The workers haven’t been able to spend time with their families because of the long shifts they are required to work. They report that managers will not tell them they are working overtime until just before their shift is scheduled to end, causing them to miss picking their children up from school.

The cake makers report rapidly rising production speeds which have caused the workers to physically strain and injure themselves. The company frequently denies requests for time off, preventing workers from seeking medical care and forcing them to come in sick and with untreated injuries. Workers accrue ‘points’ for arriving late or missing work, and if a worker earns seven points in a year they risk being fired.

In a speech, one worker told her coworkers on the picket line in November, “We are no longer gonna allow ourselves to be sabotaged, to be threatened, to be disrespected. No more.”

Workers on strike at the Jon Donaire Bakery

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