Sample E-mail to Trader Joe’s CEO and President of Stores
To Dan Bane and Jon Basalone:
My name is [your name] and I am a [your relationship to TJs Capitol Hill - e.g. customer, former employee, worker at another TJs]. I am writing to join employees of Trader Joe’s #130 in calling on Trader Joe’s to explicitly acknowledge that Black lives matter, and to back that up with a detailed plan for rooting out anti-Blackness at the store level and at the corporate level. Trader Joe’s must provide tangible, specific support to Black crew members and customers, and should make a meaningful financial contribution toward Black-led organizing formations of the crew’s choosing.
Workers deserve to be able to advocate for themselves without fear of backlash. I’m calling on Trader Joe’s to refrain from any retaliation against workers, to develop a more transparent and equitable disciplinary process, to improve internal communication and feedback mechanisms, and to reprioritize the safety of people over the safety of property. I know that you’ve already received a full list of demands from Save TJs 130, and I urge you to pay attention.
I've heard that you've denied your workers the chance for a store meeting to discuss their demands. Why won't you talk to your own workers? Why won't you say Black lives matter?
(Optional: add an anecdote or comment on why you’re aligned with Save TJs 130).