Mar 21 2014

Florida Farmworkers Press Publix to Join Fair Food Campaign

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida are demanding a wage increase of 1 penny per pound of tomatoes picked by farmworkers. The CIW has, over many years, already won agreements with more than major food corporations as part of its Fair Food Program.

But the multi-billion dollars supermarket chain, Publix, has refused to join the program, calling it a labor dispute.

This month, the farm workers, who are largely of Mexican and Central American descent, began marching across cities all over the south as part of their Now Is the Time Tour. Hundreds of protesters confronted a Publix store last weekend in Lakeland where the company is headquartered.

GUEST: Gerardo Reyes is a senior staff member of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and himself been a farmworker

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