REPORT RELEASE: Lidl Offers Workers’ Substandard Jobs

On Monday, December 16th, a group of Lidl Best Market workers and Long Island Jobs with Justice released a report detailing the findings of a September 24th Workers’ Rights Board Hearing, where workers testified before a panel of community, faith and political leaders about the conditions of their workplace and their concern for the future of their jobs.

The following recommendations have been issued for Lidl’s immediate attention and response:

1. Treat all workers with dignity and respect by:

Paying all workers a living wage and providing benefits that are equal to local supermarket standards, including equivalent Sunday and holiday premium pay. 

Providing stable and predictable schedules. 

Offering affordable healthcare. 

2. Be truthful and transparent with workers by:

Providing greater transparency to workers about the future of their jobs and opportunities for promotion and growth in the company.

Providing greater transparency to all workers about opportunities available for store transfers, promotion and growth in the company. 

3. Offer a safe workplace for all workers by providing ongoing maintenance, repair and trainings

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Watch live feed from the report release event

Background

For nearly three years, workers at Best Market stores have been coming together to voice their concerns and improve conditions in their workplace. In November 2018, workers learned that Best Market sold their stores to a multinational corporation from Germany named Lidl. After the prior two years of fighting Best Market for better wages, stable hours and affordable benefits, workers were hopeful that their new employer Lidl, the fourth largest retailer in the industry, would do better. One year since Lidl’s acquisition, workers report little to no improvement.

Lidl is in the process of converting and re-bannering these Best Market stores to the predominant Lidl store operating model, which is no-frills shopping experience that presumably will require less staffing.

Despite Lidl telling workers that they will have an opportunity to keep their jobs, Lidl has not been clear about what this opportunity will look like long-term in terms of hours and work responsibilities. Lidl just opened its first re-bannered store of December 11th, 2019.

 

Long Island DREAM Coalition Endorse Clean DREAM Act

Long Island Dream Act Coalition Endorse a Clean DREAM Act

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As of October 2017, The Long Island Dream Act Coalition formally endorses a clean DREAM Act. The Long Island Dream Act Coalition is made up of students, teachers, and workers across Long Island who advocate for the rights of undocumented youth. As immigrant youth led groups have made clear around the country- DACA recipients and young immigrants are not bargaining chips for political parties and leaders.

The creation of the DACA program was temporary compromise by the Obama Administration after congress failed to agree on comprehensive immigration reform. During the time DACA was active, over 2 million people were deported, the highest amount in history. Furthermore, policies like quotas on beds for private detention, the militarization of law enforcement, and “felons not families” rhetoric was established and, which laid the groundwork for the onslaught of repression the immigrant community faces today.

As a movement, we must learn from past errors, and it was an error, to allow our community to be separated this way. In order to honestly defend the rights, liberties, and wellbeing of our immigrant community on Long Island, we cannot in good conscience support a compromise that includes the building of a wall on our southern border, criminalizes parents, or increases ICE’s militarized power.

We collectively agree and support the inclusion of Temporary Protection Service (TPS) recipients, those who did not qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and those who may have qualified for DACA but did not apply, into the Federal DREAM Act of 2017.

We respectfully and urgently call on our leaders in congress- Rep. Peter King, Lee Zeldin, Tom Suozzi, and Kathleen Rice, to take action for the 18% of Long Island who are immigrants, for the thousands of DACA recipients, and those with TPS status. Join us in supporting a clean DREAM act for 2017.

 

Sincerely,

 

The Long Island DREAM Act Coalition