"Since 1919, Elmhurst Dairy has been a major employer in Queens and important member of the business community," said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. "During these difficult economic times, we cannot afford to lose Elmhurst Dairy or the 700 jobs it helps to sustain in our local economy. I am proud to stand with New York City's last dairy manufacturer to send a clear message that Starbucks must honor its agreements."
"Now more than ever, New York can ill afford to lose good paying, union jobs," said Dennis Hughes, president, New York State AFL-CIO. "During these challenging economic times, it is important for Starbucks to remain committed to New York and the working men and women of this city. On behalf of our 2.5 million members, the New York State AFL-CIO calls upon Starbucks to reconsider putting hundreds of their current employees out of work."
"This arrangement threatens hundreds of good, union jobs at a time when we should putting New Yorkers to work. I call on Starbucks to put off any measure that will put these jobs in jeopardy and to uphold their commitment to the Jamaica community and New York City," George Miranda, president of the Teamsters Joint Council 16, representing 120,000 working men and women in New York City and its surrounding counties.
"The middle class in this city has no future unless we can keep and grow quality jobs like those at Elmhurst Dairy. New York City customers have given Starbucks a tremendous amount of business, and in return Starbucks is now planning to take hundreds of good jobs out of our city," said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. "I have urged Starbucks in the strongest terms to live up to its promises, or risk losing the reputation it holds here as a company that treats its workers and suppliers fairly."
"We cannot afford the loss of 700 jobs in Queens during the current difficult economic climate," said Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. "I call on Starbucks and all parties involved to come together, work together and have a positive impact on a resolution that will result in saving jobs that families rely on."
"The loss of the Starbucks business by Elmhurst Dairy will have a serious impact on jobs that are lost to Southeast Queens and New York City," said Rev. Floyd Flake. "We are already suffering from jobs that have been lost and numerous foreclosures. Save Elmhurst Dairy and keep jobs in New York."
"Closing Elmhurst Dairy would cause milk prices for neighborhood markets to significantly increase, affecting our customers who are already struggling to make ends meet," said Andres Rerreira, president of the Neighborhood Supermarket Association and owner of several grocery stores.
"Elmhurst Dairy provides well-paying jobs to hundreds of New Yorkers and provides the milk that has literally fed generations of the City's residents," said Henry Schwartz, Elmhurst Dairy owner and president. "As a locally based business, Elmhurst Dairy aligns closely with the principles of social responsibility that Starbucks claims are its hallmark. We join with elected officials, union leaders and our employees to urge Starbucks to continue to support New York City's sole remaining dairy plant, jobs and the local economy."
Source: Elmhurst Dairy