Put the Pressure on Briggs & Stratton and Echo Foods

Toro lawn mowers, Burger King sandwiches, groceries from Meijer’s–all use products made at Milwaukee-area plants that continue to maintain workplaces that are not COVID-safe.

When a supervisor at Briggs & Stratton’s Wauwatosa, Wis., factory contracted COVID-19, the company quarantined management employees. But workers on the line weren’t, even though they too had contact with the sick supervisor.

That kind of maltreatment is why Voces is urging people to write or call Briggs and the companies that use its products, to complain about unfair working conditions in this time of pandemic. At least one worker there has died after enduring the company’s unhealthy environment.

Echo Lake Foods, in Burlington, Wis., is another problem employer where a needless COVID death followed the company’s refusal to implement safe conditions.

So Voces has issued the following Call to Action:

CALL TO ACTION:

SUPPORT WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES

DOES YOUR LAWNMOWER HAVE A BRIGGS & STRATTON ENGINE?

DO YOU SHOP AT BURGER KING, WALMART, ALDI’S OR MEIJER? They buy food from Echo Lake.

With a phone call or a letter, you can be a part of Voces de la Frontera’s Campaign to Protect Essential Workers

Sample letter or phone message:

I am a customer of yours but am saddened to hear that one of your suppliers — [insert Briggs & Stratton or Echo Lake Foods] — has unsafe working conditions that have led to COVID-19 deaths and sicknesses.

Also, [Briggs & Stratton or Echo Lake] doesn’t provide proper paid sick leave for workers who test positive.

If I am to continue as your customer, you must let [Briggs & Stratton or Echo Lake Foods] know they should offer safe conditions and sick leave for their workers.

SOME LAWNMOWER COMPANIES THAT BUY FROM BRIGGS & STRATTON:

  • Bolens/MTD
  • Husqvarna
  • Simplicity/Snapper
  • Toro

SOME FOOD COMPANIES THAT BUY FROM ECHO LAKES:

  • Burger King
  • Aldi’s
  • Wal-Mart
  • Meijer

PLEASE SEE THE OTHER SIDE FOR ADDRESSES AND PHONE NUMBERS OF COMPANIES AND OF REPRESENTATIVE ROBIN VOS

Bolens/MTD: 800-269-6215.   MTD Products; P.O. Box368022; Cleveland OH 44136

Husqvarna: 704-597-5000. 9335 Harris Corners Pkwy #500; Charlotte NC 28269

Toro: 952-888-8801. 8111 Lyndale Ave. South; Bloomington MN 55420

Simplicity/Snapper: [owned by Briggs & Stratton] 414-259-5333; 12301 West Wirth Street, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53222

Burger King: 305-378-3000. 5505 Bluer Lagoon Dr.; Miami FL 33126

Aldi’s: 630-879-8100. 1200 N. Kirk Rd.; Batavia IL 60510

Wal-Mart: 800-925-6278. 702 S.W. 8th St.; Bentonville AK 72716

Meijer: 616-453-6711. 2929 Walker Ave.; Grand Rapids MI 49544

Representative Robin Vos: 888-534-0063 or 608-266-9171; Room 217 West; State Capitol; P.O. Box 8953; Madison WI 53708. Rep.Vos@legis.wisconsin.gov

Echo Lake Foods: 800-888-3447. P.O. Box 279, Burlington WI 53105.

Briggs & Stratton: 414-259-5333; 12301 West Wirth Street, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53222

To find your state legislators: https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/MyElectedOfficials