Farm Workers' Wages to Increase Under Labor Agreement

Author: Jane Black, Washington Post, Published on: 25 September 2009

In what Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis called a "huge victory" for farm workers, one of the country's largest food service companies announced Friday that it will buy winter tomatoes only from growers that pay a fair wage and offer good working conditions. The Compass Group... will pay an additional 1.5 cents per pound for all the tomatoes it purchases; one cent per pound will go directly to the workers... The decision, made in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW),...also includes a strict code of conduct to monitor hours worked and employee safety. East Coast Growers and Packers, the third-largest tomato grower in Florida, has agreed to Compass's terms. [also refers to Starbucks, Unilever, Lipton (part of Unilever), McDonalds, Burger King, Yum Brands, Florida Tomato Growers Exchange, Bon Appetit Management (part of Compass), Alderman Farms]

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Related companies: Burger King Compass Group East Coast Growers & Packers Lipton (part of Unilever) McDonald's