Union Leaders Post Flyers About Fiesta Foods
PASCO, Wash - In the midst of an organizing campaign, people with the United Food and Commercial Worker's Union 1439 are again posting flyers warning people about the conditions at Fiesta Foods in Pasco.
But, this time the flyers don't show that the union is the author of the information. The flyer only lists the names of The Benton Franklin Health District and KNDU-TV.
The flyer mentions a previous KNDU story about unsanitary practices. Our story didn't take sides; it merely described the perspective of Fiesta Foods, UFCW Local 1439 and the Benton Franklin Health District.
A UFCW Local 1439 rep said she'd call us back several times to talk about their claim that "Fiesta Foods is unsanitary again," but we never heard back.
Now, the Benton Franklin Health District is setting the record straight about their involvement.
"I would think that if someone were going to put out a flyer with damaging information in it, they would at least acknowledge who they are, that is my personal opinion," said Jean Ross, Benton Franklin Health District Surveillance Supervisor.
Several people have called her office, wanting to know about these flyers warning about unsanitary conditions at Fiesta Foods, Ross said.
Ross said they'd close the store, not put out flyers if it the conditions were unsafe.
The flyers indicate that union leaders are concerned about red or "critical" points, which measure hot holding, cold holding and the no bare hand contact policy.
"All of these things are the most important, if they're not done correctly, they can result in a food borne illness," Ross said.
Fiesta had 115 red, critical points, mostly in the deli.
If there are more than 75 during an inspection, they are corrected immediately, then reviewed within 24 hours. If they're not correctable, the health district closes the store. That didn't happen at fiesta foods.
"If I can't eat at one of the places that has a food service permit or I can't take my grandson to one of those places, then I wouldn't be doing my job if I left them open," Ross said.
Fiesta Foods owner, Craig Gaylord said this is just a part of the effort start a union, and since the employees aren't joining, they're trying to harm business.