Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Impact
The fast food chain maintains that its own "rigorous" internal auditing system protects workers from abuse.
Politics
But nothing, in fact, has changed yet. Yes, a new president was elected. But presidents have never been the hand that bends
Religion
Despite being the target of a three-year consumer campaign and a year-long national student boycott, Wendy's has steadfastly refused to join the Fair Food Program, continuing instead to benefit from worker poverty.
Impact
From farmworkers to restaurant servers, the food system employs millions of laborers around the world to pick, package, transport, deliver, and cook our food every day. Of the 3 billion workers in the world's labor force, about 40 percent are employed in agriculture alone, according to the International Labor Organization of the United Nations (ILO).
Business
Human rights are coming to tomato aisles across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Ahold USA -- the corporation behind such local grocery stores as Stop and Shop, Giant, and Martin's, has become the first major American supermarket to sign onto the Fair Food Program.
Impact
Thousands of farm laborers work under slavery-like conditions today in the U.S. and Mexico to grow tomatoes and other produce. This January, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) was presented with the 2014 Presidential Medal for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking.
Impact
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the heroes in Food Chains, has pressured major retailers to support the Fair Food Program, which has helped prevent slavery-like practices on U.S. farms
Environment
This Valentine's Day, before planning your romantic dinner or buying roses and chocolate, think about how your choices will affect the hands that feed you.
Impact
During President Obama's trip to India, he spoke out about keeping international trade ethical in regards to how products
Latino Voices
But Wendy’s has refused to join the coalition. In 2005, Taco Bell became the first major company to join the Fair Food Program
Impact
Animal welfare, organic growing, integrated pest management - these are all great things. But none is closer to the heart of our nation's agrarian ideal than a system where people are treated justly and with respect.
Impact
Nearly all of the produce we eat in the United States is handpicked. Machines don't harvest our fresh lettuce, peaches, cherries, carrots, etc. People do. And as one can imagine, that work is difficult.
Environment
Five years ago, the Food Chain Workers Alliance was founded as a national coalition of unions, workers centers, and non-profit
The World Post
Last month's horrific massacre of student human rights activists in Guerrero serves as an awful reminder of why there will be no "Fair Food Program" in the foreseeable future of Mexico's tomato industry...
Environment
Farmers' markets have had an explosive growth, countless schools now have vegetable gardens, and we are paying more attention to the link between our diets and our health. Yet, most food labor issues still remain under the radar.
Business
In short, workers are the lead actors in the monitoring of the Fair Food Program, from the education at the base of it to
Religion
Why not join a proven solution to abuse in your supply chain? That's the question that T'ruah rabbis and others around the country have been asking over the past year.
Videos
Activist Gerardo Reyes Chávez joins Ricky to talk about what it's like to be a farmworker in the state of Florida.
Religion
I've been so surprised to see Publix (along with Wendy's) refusing (so far) to join the Fair Food Program. And that's why I've been outspoken in my desire to see Publix live up to the ideals of its founder, George Jenkins, who said, "Don't let making a profit stand in the way of doing the right thing."
Impact
In those words lies the connection to the movement for Fair Food that prompted me to stop and reflect on the passing of Nelson Mandela in Immokalee. Farm labor poverty must be addressed so that workers can be freed from crippling fear and empowered to stand up for their rights.