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Workers Protest Against Catalog Printer for Crate & Barrel

Press release from the issuing company

WASHINGTON, April 28 -- Workers protested today at Crate & Barrel stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Atlanta, asking the popular retailer to speak out against dangerous working conditions and continued health care cuts at printing plants owned by Quebecor World Inc. (QW), the company that prints Crate & Barrel's catalog. The workers, who are represented by the Graphic Communications Conference of the Teamsters Union, (GCC/IBT) passed out flyers asking customers to urge Crate & Barrel to weigh in with Quebecor World against worker abuses in QW plants worldwide. Geared to the store's wedding gift and registry customers, the protests included the unfurling of a banner at Crate & Barrel's flagship store in Chicago reading, "Crate & Barrel: Tell Quebecor To Say "I Don't" to Worker Abuse." "Workers are simply asking Crate & Barrel to be a good corporate citizen and stand up for human rights at Quebecor World plants around the globe," said Bert Haft, GCC/IBT Organizing Director. "Employees are losing fingers, arms and their very lives in QW plants because they're being forced to run dangerous machinery without adequate training and skeleton crews. We believe Crate & Barrel will agree that no worker should have to risk their very life or limbs to produce catalogs and magazines for Quebecor clients." Earlier this year, an international labor delegation verified numerous worker injuries at QW's plant in Recife, Brazil, where a worker was hospitalized in January after having his face crushed by printing machinery. The union also found that accidents in the printer's U.S. plants have resulted in one worker being burned and deaths from this global giant's disregard for workers' safety and health. Quebecor World is also attempting to once again slash workers' health benefits at unionized plants in the U.S. "Crate & Barrel needs to tell Quebecor World that pain, danger, and poor health care for Quebecor workers is morally wrong, and shouldn't be part of Crate & Barrel advertising," said GCC President George Tedeschi.

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