Boycott Wendy's!


DUBLIN, Ohio - "This is corporate greed at its finest," stated Ohio state Rep. Dan Stewart, addressing an angry crowd of unionists and supporters at Wendy's  headquarters here. "At some point we have to demand to know; ‘Just how many billions are enough? Just exactly how low should worker's wages and benefits be driven down to? And, ultimately, who exactly is supposed to buy their burgers when we reach that point?'"

Central Ohio unionists and supporters braved cold weather to demand that Wendy's corporation stop its holiday assault on union bakers, their families and the nearby community of Zanesville.

"I know one thing," said United Food and Commercial Workers member Joan Fluharty, "I've eaten the last Wendy's burger I'll ever eat. It's just getting to the point that these stinking, greedy corporations will take everything we have, everything our families and communities have, and all just so they can get richer! This has to stop!"

For over 30 years bakers in Zanesville, members of Bakers Local 57 have produced all the buns for Wendy's. They've had a decent relationship with management and have supported their families with good paying jobs, health care and have retired with real pensions. They've been a solid support for the Zanesville community, paying taxes, supporting local schools, etc. When Dave Thomas started Wendy's, it was a local, family owned business, with decent food at fair prices that treated its workers decently. Now all that is changing, due to an epidemic of corporate greed.

Recently, Wendy's was taken over by another corporate giant; Arby's. Not content with the massive profits they're now making, Arby's has issued demands that the workers in Zanesville give up their health care, one vacation week and job rights. Even worse, they are stealing the retiree's health care and wiping out all pensions for new retirees.

"This is just outright corporate greed at its most vicious, and this at holiday time," stated Bakers Union Business Agent Vester Newsome. "We need to stand together and draw a line somewhere to protect regular working families. We're going to stand up for justice and we ask the public to stand with us!"

The Bakers have taken a unanimous strike vote, but hope that they don't have to exercise that right. They're asking the public to not eat at Wendy's at this time, and to call corporate headquarters, 614-764-3100, to demand that the new owners stop trying to destroy unions and communities.

"Sometimes it's just plain too much, and we have to draw a line in the sand and say, ‘No damn more, it ends here,'" said Walt Workman, secretary treasurer of the Central Ohio Central Labor Council. "The Bakers are going to go national with this campaign and we're going to do everything in our power to help them. I think the rest of labor and the American people will support justice when they hear what's going on here!"

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  • Not eating at Wendy's until they realize that majority rules in this country. If they don't like it, go to China and sell their stuff to those folks making 99 cents an hour. They aren't needed here.

    Posted by Leslie Freeman, 11/22/2012 5:56pm (3 years ago)

  • Thats the stuff I will stop eating there with you, you have my support

    Posted by Cosmo D. Donato, 01/16/2010 11:46pm (6 years ago)

  • If people don't like what they make then they can go elsewhere.

    Do you love it?
    Do you hate it?
    There it is,
    the way you made it.

    We should be boycotting unions. They serve no purpose anymore.

    I'm going to Wendy's tomorrow.

    Posted by Thos Weatherby, 01/16/2010 12:41am (6 years ago)

  • This picket line might as well be in front of my local Wendys or any other. I have never crossed a picket line....AND I NEVER WILL !!!

    Posted by Jack Balch, 12/16/2009 7:45pm (6 years ago)

  • it seems to me rhat Wendys would not pay tomatoe pickers...than they sold... ?has the Wagner Act improved since 1935?..1979 the Reagan Congress supported "killing" the Air traffic controlers union and that congress was congratulated...some of those same congresspersons are "KILLING" health CARE today...


    Like Ted Kennedy said until workers hit the bricks nothing will change.............

    Labour History is NOT TAUGHT in the public schools let alone the private schools


    Posted by j. hollins, 12/16/2009 9:51am (6 years ago)

  • Posted by Bonnie Koshofer, 12/16/2009 7:25am (6 years ago)

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