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News :: Labor
Inkadinkado Drops Workers Cold
22 Sep 2004
Inkadinkado is a company that makes cutesy rubber stamps and stationary, but when it comes to their own hard-working staff their actions are far from adorable. The company, located in Woburn and owned by Dimension Acquisitions LLC, has announced its plan to move to Pennsylvania on Sept. 1st. Full-time workers, many of them Chinese immigrants, were told that they will lose their jobs without severance pay, despite the fact that many have worked for Inkadinkado for almost 20 years earning only $8 or $9 an hour.
Inkadinkado has been cutting costs and imposing more burdens on their workers for over a decade. In 1992, when the company moved from the South Station area to Woburn, many of their Chinese workers who were living in Boston stood loyally by their company and began making the half hour commute to Woburn, even taking a vacation cutback. Shortly afterwards, coffee breaks were eliminated. Recently janitorial services were cutback and cockroaches moved in, forcing inkadinkado workers to keep the facility clean and in compliance with government and health safety codes. Now, after squeezing every penny out of their workers for years, Inkadinkado is honoring their long service with nil, ziltch, nothing, just a pink slip and a ‘see ya later.’

Severance pay is not required by law, but it had become practice in many industries due to its inclusion in union contracts. Now that labor unions are backsliding in the face of perpetually aggressive bosses and increasingly complicit state and federal governments this practice is becoming less and less common, leaving workers who are laid-off in very vulnerable situations.

The full-time employees of Inkadinkado are organizing with the help of Mass Global Action and the Chinese Progressive Association in order to push for three demands. They are asking for severance pay in the amount of two weeks of their normal earnings for each year they have worked, three months of continued health insurance, and a public explanation to the people of Woburn and Massachusetts of why they are closing the factory and moving to Pennsylvania.

For more information contact the Chinese Progressive Association Workers Center at 617-357-4499 or email at Karen (at) cpaboston.org

You can also call Inkadinkado directly (and mention it if you have bought their products in the past) at 781-938-6100 or fax 781-938-5585. Ask that they pay their workers severance and full three months of health benefit.
See also:
http://www.cpaboston.org/

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