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12 January 2017

Analysis: Lofty goals… or empty promises?

Author: Coalition of Immokalee Workers (USA)

...[There's] nothing consequence[s] with real teeth — yet — built into the produce industry’s recently released “Ethical Charter.”  Genuine, informed worker participation and real enforcement mechanisms will be imperative going...

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15 December 2015

Are slaves peeling your shrimp? Here's what you need to know

Author: Associated Press

Q: How do I know if my shrimp or other seafood is tainted by labor abuses?...

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2 September 2014

USA: Fair Food Coalition urges Ahold, Publix, Wendy's & others to sign pact on tomato farm workers' rights

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers and its allies have long urged companies that source from Florida tomato farms to sign the Fair Food agreement, which gives workers greater protections against forced labour and other abuses, and guarantees them a...

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28 March 2014

Women Charge Bias and Harassment in Suit Against Sterling Jewelers [USA]

Author: Susan Antilla, New York Times

…Sterling [part of Signet], the largest retail jewelry company in the United accused of gender discrimination in its pay and promotion practices…[The] accusations…[include] sexual harassment…If the class [action] is certified, about 44,000...

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23 January 2014

Dignity for Farmworkers [USA]

Author: Kerry Kennedy, president of RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights, letter to editor of New York Times

The tactics of the business-backed Worker Center Watch and its ilk seem more desperate than ever. This month, Walmart joined the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program to advance farmworker rights...[The] people who harvest our food are...

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15 May 2013

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights 'Impressed' With Fair Food Program

Author: Greg Asbed, Co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, in Huffington Post Blog

"The [UN] Working Group [on business & human rights] was impressed by how...governance gaps relating to labour issues were addressed by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers"...The UN statement comes as the latest in a series of strong, high-level...

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1 September 2012

Fair Food Program helps end the use of slavery in the tomato fields [USA]

Author: [opinion] Holly Burkhalter, International Justice Mission, in Washington Post

Since 1997, the Justice Department has prosecuted seven cases of slavery in the Florida agricultural industry — four involving tomato harvesters — freeing more than 1,000 men and women. The...catalogue of horrors: abductions, pistol whippings,...

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24 July 2012

Nightmarish complaint underscores value of Fair Food Program

Author: Coalition of Immokalee Workers

..[E]ven by the dismally low standards of the fields, the picture of a hostile workplace painted by the women was exceptional for its harshness and depravity. There was no Fair Food Program at the time — in fact, the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange...

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10 February 2012

Trader Joe's Signs Fair Food Agreement On Tomatoes With Immokalee Workers [USA]

Author: Carey Polis, Huffington Post [USA]

Trader Joe's relented this week and signed a Fair Food Agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a community-based organization of mainly Latino, Mayan Indian and Haitian immigrants employed in low-wage jobs in Florida. The agreement...

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26 February 2011

Farm workers to pressure Stop & Shop [USA]

Author: Kristofer Rios, Boston Globe

Stop & Shop Supermarket Cos. is the focus of an effort by [Coalition of Immokalee Workers]...who have successfully pressured other food giants to pay more for tomatoes and agree to help improve working conditions...The farm workers are now touring...

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