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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Yet Another Reason To Shun Burger King...

In a colorful, often clamorous pressure campaign that has relied on support from college campuses and church groups, a group of farmworkers has persuaded McDonald’s and Taco Bell to have their tomato suppliers pay their pickers more. But the workers’ efforts have recently collided with two big obstacles. Burger King has rejected the demands to have its tomato suppliers pay higher wages, and the main group of Florida tomato growers — calling the farmworkers’ tactics “un-American” — has threatened $100,000 fines against growers that cooperate with McDonald’s or Yum Brands, the parent of Taco Bell, to pay their pickers more. “The only way you can describe this industry is the way it was described 40 years ago: It’s a harvest of shame,” said Lucas Benitez, a co-founder of the farmworkers’ group. More here.

posted by CASFS 2006 @ 11:07 PM

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