August 12, 2013
By Stephanie West
Brooklyn, NY – Demonstrations at two Brooklyn supermarkets took place Saturday August 10th to protest wage violations. The two stores include a Canarsie Supermarket, Yellow Market, 5812 Glenwood Road in Canarsie and Golden Farms Grocery Store, 329 Church Avenue and 3rd Street in Kensington.
Twenty two employees and former employees of Yellow Market have sued the store’s owners in Brooklyn Federal Court for failing to pay minimum wages and/or overtime. Advocates have announced the re-launch of a boycott because store owner Sonny Kim has failed to bargain in good faith.
The coalition of community organizations lifted the first boycott after Kim agreed to bargain. A total of 250 workers have sued for back wages at 46 grocery stores in New York City; 42 of them in Brooklyn. The campaign has won $1.3 million in recovered wages.