The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has been campaigning for the first pay increase in more than 30 years for a decade.
January 18, 2011
By KRISTOFER RÍOS
IMMOKALEE, Fla. — After fighting for more than a decade for better wages, a group of Florida farmworkers has hashed out the final piece of an extraordinary agreement with local tomato growers and several big-name buyers, including the fast-food giants McDonald’s and Burger King, that will pay the pickers roughly a penny more for every pound of fruit they harvest.
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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND USDA WORKSHOP TO EXPLORE COMPETITION AND REGULATORY ISSUES IN THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY
The December 8, 2010 margins workshop will look at the discrepancies between the prices received by farmers and the prices paid by consumers. As a concluding event, discussions from previous workshops will be incorporated into the analysis of agriculture markets nationally.
This is the fifth and final workshop in a series of workshops convened by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Indigenous Mexicans in California Agriculture website:
The Indigenous Farmworker Study is a partnership between a group of farm labor researchers and the Indigenous Program of California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA). The California Endowment provided funding for the study. This website shares information and insights we learned about the history, languages, demography and culture of indigenous farmworkers, and outlines the economic and social challenges they face.
Lucas Benitez of the CIW (left) and Reggie Brown of the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange (middle) sign an agreement to implement the principles of Fair Food on nearly 90% of Florida's tomato fields at today's press conference in Immokalee. Gerardo Reyes of the CIW looks on.
And the wall comes tumbling down - Florida's Immokalee workers 13-year fair wage campaign big breakthrough
October 18, 2010
At a news conference on a farm outside of Immokalee in southwest Florida, Jon Esformes, operating partner of the fourth-generation, family-owned Pacific Tomato Growers—one of the five largest growers in the nation with more than 14,000 acres in the US and Mexico—declared, “In a free society, few are guilty, but all are responsible.”
Could you live today on what you were paid 30 years ago? Tomato Pickers asking for just one penny more
Here's a clip of the documentary
Co-ops are experiencing a resurgence like the one that took place during the Great Depression (see clip from movie). To succeed, we would be wise to learn the lessons of the past while we work to create communities that bring out the best in all of us.