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  • Alvin W. Wolfe
    Ask McDonald s to work with the CIW to change conditions in the fields! http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/mcdonalds/ For months, the Coalition of Immokalee
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 22, 2005
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      Ask McDonald's to work with the CIW to change conditions in the
      fields!

      http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/mcdonalds/

      For months, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and allies across
      the country have called on McDonald's to do the right thing: Follow
      Taco
      Bell's lead and work with the CIW to establish fair wages and working
      conditions for the farmworkers who pick its tomatoes.

      In March of this year, Taco Bell agreed to take responsibility for the
      abysmal conditions faced by farmworkers who pick its tomatoes. The
      agreement established a partnership between Yum Brands, Taco Bell's
      parent company, and the CIW and set several important precedents for
      social responsibility in the fast-food industry. Among those
      precedents, Taco Bell agreed to pay a penny more per pound for the
      tomatoes it buys from Florida growers -- an increase that could nearly
      double workers' sub-poverty wages -- and to establish the first-ever
      enforceable Code of Conduct for US agricultural suppliers.

      Yet despite strong public support for the ground-breaking agreement,
      McDonald's has steadfastly refused to follow Taco Bell's lead on this
      simple path to justice.

      Now comes the news that McDonald's has announced that it will offer
      only
      fair trade coffee in more than 650 of its restaurants from New York to
      Maine. Fair trade coffee is a laudable initiative whereby major coffee
      buyers, such as McDonalds, agree to pay a premium price
      -- above market price -- so that workers who grow and pick their
      coffee
      can receive a fair wage and improved working conditions.

      While McDonald's should be commended for addressing economic injustice
      in its coffee supply chain, it continues to pay the artificially low
      market price for tomatoes, a price that leaves farmworkers locked in
      poverty and sweatshop conditions.

      At the press conference ending the Taco Bell boycott, CIW member and
      2003 RFK Human Rights Award Laureate Lucas Benitez addressed the vast
      network of boycott allies directly, saying, "Our work together is not
      done. Now we must convince other companies that they have the power to
      change the way they do business and the way workers are treated."

      So, this Thanksgiving season, when we traditionally celebrate the
      harvest, let us also celebrate the harvesters. Join the CIW in calling
      on the world's largest restaurant chain to stop dragging its feet and
      to
      work with the CIW to improve the wages and working conditions for the
      men and women who pick its tomatoes.

      Contact McDonald's today and demand they, too, pay a fair price for
      their tomatoes and work with the CIW to end human rights violations in
      the fields!

      To participate in this important action go to
      http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/mcdonalds/
      ask your friends, family, and everyone you know to do the same.

      Thank you,
      the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

      http://www.ciw-online.org





      Farm workers target McDonald's to boost wages for tomato pickers. A
      farm workers' advocacy group says the tomatoes slapped on that Big Mac
      are worth just a little more than McDonald's pays for them, and it is
      calling on the company to pay more for the fruit to boost wages of
      Florida farm workers.

      The full article will be available on the Web for a limited time:



      http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/local/13226314.htm
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