Norpel, a leading seafood processing company in New Bedford, MA, is refusing to negotiate in good faith with its employees, and has fired workers who engaged in peaceful, lawful collective action at their workplace.
Seafood processing is one of the largest industries in New Bedford, employing over 2000 workers, the majority of whom are Central American immigrants. While New Bedford is the richest fishing port in the U.S., and seafood processing is deeply embedded in the local economy, the industry is notorious for wage theft, unpaid overtime and hazardous working conditions.
Fishing for Justice/Pescando Justicia is a community-led campaign for fair and safe conditions in New Bedford’s seafood processing industry. Our coalition includes leaders from the religious, labor, social justice and educational communities and is coordinated by the Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores.