Stephen Trinkhaus, owner of Bellingham, Wash. based organic food retailer Terra Organica, noted that after investigating the Auburn workers' claims of workers' rights violations, he "stands firmly on the side of the union workers." Trinkhaus noted that UNFI has negatively affected his business by dropping top selling products that his store carries in favor of meeting demands of Whole Foods and other large chain stores.Jayne Rossman of the Olympia Food Cooperative added that UNFI has jeopardized the 20,000 members of the cooperative's ethical mission, stating "with UNFI's increased sales and profits, there is no excuse to treat the workers who supply the cooperative so unjustly."
Teamsters Warn UNFI Investors Of Unsustainable Business Practices
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