Saturday, January 4, 2014


Scabby the Rat has left his post in front of Golden Farm. He's been called to Jackson Heights, where his presence is urgently needed in support of supermarket workers.

Scabby regrets leaving Kensington in the midst of the boycott against Golden Farm, but he's confident that the good people of Kensington will continue to boycott until the employees, through their union*, get a fair contract with their employer.

Scabby is hoping that the temperature in Queens is higher than in Brooklyn, since he'll continue to be outdoors all day.

* The majority of Golden Farm employees voted in May 2012 to join Local 338, RWDSU/UFCW (Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union/United Food and Commercial Workers.  The store owner's lawyer unsuccessfully challenged the results. The workers got union recognition in September 2012.


Last August, RWDSU/UFCW filed an Unfair Labor Practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against the owner of Golden Farm for not negotiating a contract in good faith. The NLRB will hold a court hearing on the complaint, probably in late January.