Posts Tagged ‘CIW’

2010: A year-end roundup

The American Rights at Work blog team is about to close up shop for the holidays. But before we do, here’s a roundup of some of our favorite posts from 2010, from most to least recent. Happy Holidays! Read more »

 

Take action! Tell your supermarket to stop exploiting farmworkers!

Try to imagine going 30 years without a raise. I’m sure you can, and it’s probably not a very pretty picture.

For Florida tomato pickers, there’s no imagination necessary—they’re living the reality. These workers only get paid 45 cents per bucket of tomatoes, a rate that has hardly changed since 1980. To compensate for the stagnant pay, the pickers have settled for working harder and faster, subjecting themselves to backbreaking labor and the constant risk of injury in the process.

Now they’re asking for a raise: one more cent per bucket. Outrageous, I know! Unfortunately, many agricultural companies won’t budge an inch. Read more »

 

A new chapter in workers’ rights: CIW and Pacific Tomato Growers agree on social responsibility

The news about tomatoes in America just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter.

Last week, we all said thanks to Eurofresh for providing consumers with delicious, environment and worker-friendly produce. And just yesterday, Pacific Tomato Growers, one of the nation’s largest tomato growers, and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) came together to sign a ground-breaking agreement to create new standards for social responsibility and accountability in Florida’s tomato industry.

For decades, CIW has been fighting for labor reforms in Florida’s tomato industry. With their Campaign for Fair Food, the organization has reached out to farm owners to bring an end to worker abuses such as lack of fair pay, health benefits, and safety training. Read more »