Call to Action: Davis ACE Management Neglects Safety as Workers Test Positive

*Please read entire page before making the call. Campaign goes until the 30th*

Background Information

On December 18th, employees at Davis Ace Hardware were notified that a case of COVID-19 was detected in an employee from the store. In the same announcement, management of the store announced that they would stay open through the holidays. By the 21st, eleven employees had called in sick, most with symptoms of the virus.

An employee approached management to discuss their decision to keep the store open. Management dismissed the people calling in sick as most likely being sick with the cold or flu. When asked about hazard pay for front-line employees (who max out at $15 an hour, even after a decade of service), they again dismissed the complaints as invalid, since the job was taken “voluntarily.” They said the best they could do is to relay the complaints to corporate. Per management’s suggestion, this employee offered to communicate directly with the corporate office about these concerns.

The next day, the employee that brought up the concerns was placed under suspension after management found that multiple workers signed on to a letter to corporate detailing their concerns and needs. They also cracked-down on employees at the store, refusing to allow anyone to talk to one-another.

On December 24th another employee tested positive for COVID-19, marking the 3rd positive case in one month. Following this additional positive test, the concerned employee remains suspended while management conducts an “investigation,” likely an attempt to discover who else had signed onto the letter.

Management is hoping that by retaliating and intimidating the employees that they can keep them from demanding better and safer conditions.

Show them that they’re wrong!

Call Davis ACE Hardware and their corporate office and let them know that their shady business practices are not acceptable.

Call in-between 8:00AM and 5:00PM. 


Who to contact

Davis Ace (530) 758-8000  ➔  Mike, or another manager or Email: mikeg@davisace.com

Corporate (714) 962-4160  ➔  Alana (HR), dial ext. 109

Cell (714) 325-3367   Email: alana@crownhardware.com

➔  Mark Schulein(President), dial ext. 126

 Cell (949)584-4422  or Email: mark@crownhardware.com

➔  Frank Rogers (Exec. VP), dial ext. 100

Cell (714) 600-6160  Email: frank@crownhardware.com

➔  Guy Gonzales(Regional Manager)

Cell (253) 579-6381   Email: guy@crownhardware.com

General Guidelines:

  • Be Polite
  • If told by employee that you can’t speak to a manager and they can take a message, insist on speaking to manager and be persistent, they will likely pass you on to manager.
  • If asked by manager who told you to call, tell the manager you made the choice to call because you are a concerned citizen and wanted to voice your concerns.
  • If asked where you heard about this, tell them that considering the recent retaliation they’ve conducted that you choose not to share that information.
  • Mention that you are from the Davis community and/or shop at the store, if true.

GENERAL SCRIPT: 

Hello, my name is ________ . (May I speak to a manager?)

I am calling in support of Davis Ace Hardware employees. 

I understand that Crown Hardware Incorporated has retaliated against employees for organizing efforts to create a safer workplace. This behavior is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act, and is not welcome in the city of Davis. Any employee that has been retaliated against should have their position and normal hours restored.

With COVID-19 cases at an all-time high in Davis and rising in the Davis Ace Hardware store, I am very concerned that your business is not taking the steps it should to protect your employees and the community. With the high likelihood of the virus spreading within the store, I believe that the store should close for at least 10 days, with employees paid their normal wages. This should ensure proper time for quarantine and a deep clean of the store.

I am also disappointed to learn that the frontline workers at your store are not making a living wage, even when helping dozens of people a day on the frontlines of a pandemic. Hazard pay should have been implemented when the State of California declared a state of emergency in April. All frontline employees of Davis Ace Hardware should receive hazard pay for their dedication to our community.

Thank you for your time. 

SEND THIS EMAIL:

Greetings,

I am writing in support of Davis Ace Hardware employees. 

I understand that Crown Hardware Incorporated has retaliated against employees for organizing efforts to create a safer workplace. This behavior is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act, and is not welcome in the city of Davis. Any employee that has been retaliated against should have their position and normal hours restored.

With COVID-19 cases at an all-time high in Davis and rising in the Davis Ace Hardware store, I am very concerned that your business is not taking the steps it should to protect your employees and the community. With the high likelihood of the virus spreading within the store, I believe that the store should close for at least 10 days, with employees paid their normal wages. This should ensure proper time for quarantine and a deep clean of the store.

I am also disappointed to learn that the frontline workers at your store are not making a living wage, even when helping dozens of people a day on the frontlines of a pandemic. Hazard pay should have been implemented when the State of California declared a state of emergency in April. All frontline employees of Davis Ace Hardware should receive hazard pay for their dedication to our community.

Thank you for your time

1 Comment

  1. File a complaint with state Osha. Also file an Unfair Labor Practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. This is a prima facie violation of Section 7(a) of the National Labor Relations Act. And for Chrissakes, contact a Union to organize. UFCW probably appropriate for your industry.

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