When I was reporting that story on Friday, UFCW Local 367 President Denise Jagielo spoke to me briefly on the phone then hung up before I could ask a second question.
This afternoon the Local emailed a statement. Here it is:
An open letter from President Denise Jagielo and Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Comeau
After picketing the Tacoma IGA for well over a year, UFCW Local 367 has ended its successful informational Shop Union campaign in downtown Tacoma. Local 367 was successful in accomplishing our goal of educating the community about the importance of shopping union.
Local 367 strongly dedicated this union to the effort of informing shoppers that when they support union-represented stores, they are supporting the families who live and work in their own neighborhoods, and they are helping to maintain a robust local economy.
Local 367 will always fight to protect our members’ jobs. We will continue to take a proactive approach to ensure the economy continues to grow and provide family wage jobs.
This union demonstrated to the community that by picketing Tacoma IGA, Local 367 is serious about keeping Tacoma, an important union city, strong and vibrant. For decades Local 367 has been an integral part of this community. We are determined that the people of Tacoma continue to create good lives for themselves and their families. There is no better way to make that happen than for workers to join together to fight for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.
Local 367 doesn’t agree with those who suggest the union kept good businesses away from Tacoma by picketing IGA. It is our experience that good business owners know when they provide family wage jobs with good benefits to their employees, their businesses grow and they profit.
Local 367 will continue to stand by our members and our union employers as strongly in the future as we have in the past. And we will continue to educate the community about the importance of shopping union by reaching out to community allies and utilizing the many communication options available to us.
The community, the economy, and our members are all better for Local 367’s successful fight to keep union shops strong in Tacoma
Denise Jagielo, President
Daniel Comeau, Secretary-Treasurer