Target: Wendy’s, Publix, Kroger
April 9, 2014 7:14 PM Subscribe
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The CIW’s Campaign For Fair Food
has been very successful at improving conditions in Florida's tomato fields. Even Wal-mart
has signed on, agreeing to pay an extra penny per pound. But some large corporate buyers continue to refuse to cooperate, including Wendy’s
, and Kroger
.Florida is one of the largest producers of tomatoes
in the world, supplying nearly 150 million people across eastern North America with year-round (off-season) tomatoes. Working conditions in the Florida tomato fields are infamous. Allegations of sexual assault, and even slavery,
are not uncommon. An individual worker is expected to pick over one ton of tomatoes per day, yet can earn as little as $12,000.00 per year.
The Coalition of Immokalee Worker’s Fair Food Program
is an award winning
labor movement that has begun to change those conditions. Both Frontline
and Bill Moyers
have reported on their good work. Even President Obama
has recognized their efforts.
Of course, they do have opponents, who claim the coalition violates labor law.