UFCW Local 135

Spreckels Vote to ULP Strike, Negotiations Continue

Our members at Spreckels Sugar Company in the Imperial Valley have voted to conduct an unfair labor practices (ULP) strike. Multiple ULP charges have been filed with the National Labor Relations Board and the workers are using their power to put an end to them.

With Board charges filed, workers at Spreckels voted on March 1 to authorize a ULP strike. Negotiations will continue in the morning on Wednesday, March 8. We will bargain in good faith on behalf of our members to resolve the issues. We hope the company does the same. If a settlement isn’t reached, a ULP strike may commence as early as Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. 

“These essential workers are tired of the disrespect and demand that the company roll over its pension plan in a way that the workers deserve and negotiate a settlement quickly and fairly, which it has yet to do. Some workers stand to lose tens of thousands of dollars unless we act now. The workers are fed up and ready to take action over the unfair labor practices committed by Spreckels.”  

– Todd Walters, UFCW Local 135 President

UFCW Local 135 represents over 100 workers at Spreckels Sugar Company at two locations in the Imperial County: the sugar processing plant in Brawley and a warehouse in Imperial. Sugar workers will be picketing both sites if a strike commences.