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Farm Labor Activists Get Audience with Reynolds American Shareholders [USA]
Author: Kathryn Mobley, WFDD Radio (USA), Published on: 8 May 2014
Farm labor activists want Reynolds American to fight on behalf of North Carolina’s tobacco workers...[About] 300 members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) protested outside Reynolds American [offices]...Inside, the annual shareholder's meeting was taking place. FLOC president Baldemar Velasquez [said]... "[To begin]...with stop relying on human trafficking for your labor supply. Two, end the fighting in the labor camps with contract farmers. Three, guarantee protection from retaliation if workers complain against abuses"... Reynolds American spokesman, David Howard, says the company is proactive on behalf of all farm workers... “The multi-lateral farm labor practices group is up and running and meeting regularly, including meetings with FLOC to address such issues as freedom of association, grievance mechanisms and child labor," says Howard.