United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75 issued the following statement in response to the Cincinnati Board of Education’s recent passage of the Good Food Purchasing Policy:
President Kevin Garvey stated, “We commend the Cincinnati Board of Education for passing the Good Food Purchasing Policy, which includes fair labor standards. The board took a strong step towards providing strong incentives for food companies receiving taxpayer dollars to pay their workers a living wage, provide strong protections against workplace hazards, and otherwise move towards adopting more sustainable food production practices in manner that bolsters Cincinnati’s local economy.”
Paige Stephens, a Union Representative also with UFCW 75, stated, “Many of the 1000 or so people that work in surrounding plants have children attending CPS. If more of the food contractors are incentivized to agree to Labor Peace Agreements and Collective Bargaining, this will lower poverty rates and our students will experience more stability at home”.
“This is a win for hard-working people, students, our school system, and those companies that pay livable wages and provide dignity and respect on the job,” said President Garvey.