Last week, on February 9, 2012—after a lengthy campaign of protests and letter-writing—grocery chain Trader Joe’s and The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) signed a fair food agreement that supports the fair pay and working conditions for tomato growers in Florida.
CIW and Orange County supporters outside a Trader Joe's. (Photo credit: OC Weekly)
The CIW is a community-based organization founded in 1993 by farmeworkers who wanted to organize and fight to end their brutal working conditions. Trader Joe’s is one of many food industry giants whom they have persuaded to join the Fair Food Program. The list includes restaurant chains such as Taco Bell, McDonald’s and food service companies such as Bon Appetit Management Co. and Compass Group. Trader Joe’s joins Whole Foods as the only two groceries to sign the agreement.
Click here to read the press release.
To read more about the CIW and workers in the food industry: Modern Slavery Museum: Coming to a Street or City Near You, A Penny for Their Hard Work, Food Justice Discussion at Georgetown University, Food With (Not So Much) Integrity, ILWU Wins Fight for Union Dock Work in Longview, Washington, and Fighting for Farmworkers’ Rights for More Than 40 Years.