Union to Boycott San Jose Grocery Chain
Leaders of a union that represents grocery workers say they plan to go ahead with a boycott of Mi Pueblo Foods starting at noon on Monday.
The United Food and Commercial Workers initially called for the boycott when the San Jose-based grocery chain implemented the federal ID program known as E-Verify.
On Friday, the company said it decided to use the program after federal authorities launched an immigration audit of its employment records in August.
But Mike Henneberry with the UFCW says Mi Pueblo can’t cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and also claim to be a victim. "Instead of saying they that they were going to voluntarily get into the E-Verify program, they could have said we’re being targeted by ICE. And that would have been a whole different matter."
A Mi Pueblo spokeswoman said the company did not want to go public with information about the audit until it sought legal representation and notified its 2,300 employees.