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BECAUSE our Unitarian Universalist Principles affirm “the inherent worth and dignity of every person” and call for “justice, equity and compassion in human relations” and
BECAUSE our denomination has a long history of opposing racism and sexism;
WHEREAS full-time supermarket workers in Southern California (SoCal) earn an average of less than $30,000 per year, despite the high cost of living in the area;
WHEREAS many workers get only 24 hours of work per week and therefore earn far less;
WHEREAS SoCal supermarket workers are disproportionately African-American and Latino;
WHEREAS SoCal supermarket workers are disproportionately female;
WHEREAS the 5-month strike/lockout of these workers in 2003 resulted in reductions in health insurance and pensions;
WHEREAS, despite that, the 62,000 members of United Food and Commercial Workers voted overwhelmingly on April 21, 2011, to authorize a strike against the three major SoCal supermarket chains—Ralphs, Albertsons and Von’s;
WHEREAS the supermarket chains are demanding further increases in workers’ payments for health insurance;
WHEREAS, by authorizing a strike, the supermarket workers acted on behalf of all workers, courageously rejecting the Great Recession rhetoric of “shared sacrifice,” which has so far meant primarily that only workers (employed and unemployed) and their families sacrifice;
WHEREAS, in 2003, the supermarket chains adopted a “national strategy,” relying on profits from operations throughout the US to offset losses in Southern California; and
WHEREAS it appears likely that the workers will strike within a few weeks of this General Assembly;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the 2011 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association:
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