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ONTARIO, Calif. —Pay discrimination against working women, notably working woman union members, forced Teamsters Local 630 into an unfair labor practices – labor-law-breaking – strike on June 12 against a Southern California theater food supplier.

The 84 warehouse workers and drivers at Ontario, Calif.-based Vistar, a division of Performance Food Group, are trying to bargain a first contract there. “We filed an unfair labor practices charge against Vistar with the National Labor Relations Board,” said Lou Villalvazo, the local Secretary-Treasurer.

“Vistar decided to give some workers a raise, but not others. That is discriminatory and they did it without bargaining with us, which is illegal.” The workers voted to unionize with Local 630 three years ago, “but have been unable to get Vistar to agree to a contract that is fair and respects the work they do,” he added.

Vistar delivers food to movie theater chains cross Southern California. It forced the strike by placing women in the lowest-paying warehouse jobs, where they earn less than $13 per hour, and some earn the minimum wage, the union says. “Our members didn’t want to go on strike, but they felt they had no choice but to send Vistar a wake-up call,” said Villalvazo said.

Source: PAI