Passed Resolution in Opposition to New Seasons Market Expansion in Seattle
This resolution was passed by members of the 37th Legislative District Democrats in the August 2017 Membership Meeting.
A Resolution in Opposition to the Expansion of New Seasons Market in Seattle
Whereas, an out-of-state grocery chain called New Seasons Market is expanding its operations to the Puget Sound Region, including planned stores in the Central Area and Columbia City;
Whereas, New Seasons Market presents itself as a socially responsible natural foods company, but is, in fact, majority-owned by private equity investors through Endeavour Capital which is funded by the Vancouver-based Murdock Charitable Trust; and
Whereas the Murdock Charitable Trust has contributed millions of dollars to organizations that actively undermine Northwest values of mutual respect, inclusiveness and tolerance and has supported anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-worker organizations; and
Whereas, New Seasons Market, a non-union employer, provides employees with substandard health and retirement benefits compared to unionized Seattle-area grocery workers, and New Seasons employees lack the just cause protections afforded to union grocery workers through their collective bargaining agreements;
Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the 37th district Democrats opposes the entry of New Seasons Market into our Puget Sound communities; and
Be It Further Resolved that the 37th district Democrats provide copies of this resolution to New Seasons Market management, our elected officials, Vulcan, and Lake Union Partners; and
Be It Further Resolved that the 37th district Democrats will publish this resolution on its website and in other online and print publications, as appropriate.
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