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Because Gallo refused to provide health benefits to those employees hired
through farm labor contractors, workers voted overwhelmingly in a 1994
state-conducted election to join the union. It took five years for Gallo of
Sonoma, a Gallo subsidiary, to sign a United Farm Workers contract. On November
1, 2003, the United Farm Workers contract with Gallo of Sonoma expired. Since
then, the number of Gallo of Sonoma employees hired through labor contractors
has grown to seventy-five percent. The company still refuses to provide health
coverage for its workers.
We call on our congregations to boycott Gallo wines until the management of
Gallo of Sonoma negotiates a new contract with the United Farm Workers providing
for fair wages, just working conditions, and health benefits for all of its farm
workers. Support for this boycott will also encourage and inspire other farm
workers in communities across the West, Midwest, South, and Northeast.
Gallo wines sell under the following brand names: Anapamu, Andre, Ballatore
Spumante, Bartles & Jaymes Coolers, Bella Sera, Black Swan, Boone's Farm,
Bridlewood Winery, Burlwood, Carlo Rossi, Cask & Cream Caramel Temptation,
Cask & Cream Chocolate Temptation, Copperidge, Da Vinci, E & J Gallo
Twin Valley, E & J Cognac, E & J Gallo Vineyards, E & J VS Brandy, E
& J VSOP Brandy, Ecco Domani, Ernest & Julio Gallo Twin Valley
Vineyards, Frei Brother, Frei Brothers Reserve, Gallo Estate, Gallo Fairbanks,
Gallo Livingston Cellars, Gallo of Sonoma, Gallo of Sonoma County Series, Gallo
of Sonoma Estate Series, Gallo of Sonoma Single Vineyard, Gallo Sheffield
Cellars, Gallo Vermouth, Gossamer Bay, Indigo Hills, Indigo Hills Blanc de
Blancs, Liberty Creek, Livingston Cellars, Louis M. Martini, MacMurray Ranch,
Marcelina, McWilliams Hanwood Estate, Mirassou, Napa Valley Vineyards, Peter
Vella, Rancho Zabaco, Rancho Zabaco Winery, Red Bicyclette, Redwood Creek,
Tott's, Turning Leaf, Turning Leaf Coastal Reserve, Whitehaven, Wild Vines, and
William Wycliff. More information is available at www.nfwm.org and www.ufw.org .
This proposed Action of Immediate Witness builds upon several actions adopted
by previous General Assemblies: Migratory Workers (1961-General), Agricultural
Employment (1966-General), Grape Boycott (1969-General), Lettuce Boycott
(1972-General), Boycott of Safeway and A&P Stores (1973-General), Support of
UFW Boycott (1974-General), UU Migrant Ministry (1975-Business), Farm Worker
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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