Michigan workers tell La-Z-Boy:
‘Say NO to racism, don’t buy Moncure Plywood!’
Published Oct 31, 2008 8:34 PM
Organizers of the recent U.S. tour of Latin American union leaders
(see workers.org) learned from striking members of International Association of
Machinists Local W369 at Moncure Plywood in North Carolina that La-Z-Boy
Furniture, headquartered in Michigan, was buying wood products made by
strikebreakers. La-Z-Boy management was shocked when the following letter was
hand-delivered during a midday informational picket of their global
headquarters in Monroe, Mich.
Oct. 23, 2008
To whom it may concern:
La-Z-Boy Furniture is purchasing wood products from Moncure Plywood near
Raleigh, North Carolina. The workers at Moncure Plywood have been on strike
since July 20, 2008.
By continuing to buy products made without the skilled and long-time workers
who are on strike, La-Z-Boy is helping to:
• Force workers to work 60 hours per week.
• Change seniority to allow favoritism, discrimination and racist
practices by management.
• Use racism to divide African-American and [email protected] workers.
• Increase health insurance payments by 300 percent.
• Allow unsafe working conditions: cutting machines with no guards,
holes and water on floors near dangerous machines, and too much dust that can
cause explosions. Moncure was fined $37,000 for safety violations last
As part of a national tour by Latin American union leaders, we joined the
workers on the picket line at Moncure. The workers at Moncure want to secure
their rights to a decent job and to work with dignity.
We told their story in 12 cities and are now calling on La-Z-Boy to do
the right thing—tell your supplier, Moncure Plywood, to come to a just
settlement with IAM Local W369. Stop buying Moncure wood products until they do
it! We await your reply.
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