A Campaign for Fair Food - The Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Author: Andrew Stelzer, Latino USA, National Public Radio, Published on: 21 May 2010

At today’s piece rate, Florida farmworkers have to pick more than two-and-a-half tons of tomatoes to earn the equivalent of Florida’s minimum wage for a 10-hour workday. And, because of exclusions from key labor reform measures, farmworkers do not have the right to overtime pay, nor the right to organize and collectively bargain with their employers... [We] track the current efforts of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida. They have successfully won wage increases from a number of fast food restaurant chains, now they’re turning to a super market chain [Publix] and its customers — trying to win a public relations battle by raising awareness of the connection between your salad and their lives. And along the way, they’re talking about modern day slavery in the state of Florida. [includes statement by Publix, including that it has stopped buying from two growers that used contractors convicted of forced labour. Also refers to Compass, Aramark, Bon Appetit (part of Compass), Sodexo, Whole Foods, Kroger, Ahold, Stop & Shop (part of Ahold), Giant (part of Ahold)]

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Related companies: Ahold Delhaize Aramark Bon Appetit Management (part of Compass Group) Compass Group Giant Food (part of Ahold Delhaize) Kroger Publix Sodexo Whole Foods Market