I know a lot of you guys shop at Trader Joe’s. Here’s a news story you may have missed.
In short, a teenaged girl died of heat exhaustion after picking grapes in unsafe conditions. Had her employer followed labor laws, she would probably be alive now. The company supplies Trader Joe’s with its well-known cheap wines (Two-Buck Chuck).
As stated in the post, you can call your local Trader Joe’s and let them know you’re unhappy about the situation. I had better luck when I called their Corporate Headquarters. I asked for Customer Relations and spoke to Nikki, who assured me they were looking into it and they would make the right decision once they verified the facts. She sounded sincere, but who knows.
Anyway, if you want to call TJ’s about this, Corporate’s number is 626-599-3700. You can also write letters. They don’t have to be eloquent; just say you are upset about this incident and you think TJ’s should pull the product until the supplier obeys California labor laws. (Or even just say that this situation appalls you. The more they hear about it, the more they’ll realize people care about this issue.)
ETA: Just talked to Harvey Pozer(?) at West Coast Grape Farming Vineyard. He listened to me and said that the incident happened under one of their contractors. I told him they were still responsible for making sure the laws were obeyed, which he didn’t argue with, and he said they were all very concerned over what happened in this situation. So it’s possible there’s more facts that need to be uncovered, but clearly the situation needs to be addressed.