USA: Trader Joe's signs agreement with Florida tomato workers' group to fight modern-day slavery among suppliers

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10 February 2012

Trader Joe's signs agreement in labor victory [USA]

Author: Yael Chanoff, San Francisco Bay Guardian [USA]

Trader Joe's...[on] Feb. 9...became the second grocery store chain -- the first was Whole Foods-- to sign an agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW),...pledg[ing] to buy their Florida tomatoes only from companies that comply with the CIW’s list of working conditions. According to...CIW solidarity organizer Liz Fitzgerald,...the "code of conduct" includes “zero tolerance for sexual harassment or modern day slavery..., basic human rights like that." [refers to signatories Taco Bell (part of YUM!), McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Compass Group, Bon Appetit, Aramark, Sodexo]

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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 requires the grocery store to pay a penny more per pound of tomatoes and to ensure better working conditions for tomato workers..."This is nearly a 50 percent raise for the workers," Barry Estabrook,..."Tomatoland"..., told The Huffington Post. "These are desperately poor people."...The CIW now plans to focus its attention on the major supermarket chain Publix... [also refers to signatories Taco Bell (part of YUM!), McDonald's, Burger King, Whole Foods]

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9 February 2012

Trader Joe's and The Coalition of Immokalee Workers Sign Fair Food Agreement

Author: Trader Joe's, Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Trader Joe's and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) announced today that they have signed an agreement that formalizes the ways in which Trader Joe's will work with the CIW and Florida tomato growers to support the CIW's Fair Food Program. The Fair Food Program is a groundbreaking approach to social responsibility in the US produce industry that combines the Fair Food Code of Conduct -- a set of labor standards developed in a unique collaboration among farmworkers, tomato growers, and the food industry leaders who purchase Florida tomatoes -- with a small price premium to help improve harvesters' wages.

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