From News-Press.com, 9 Feb 2012.
On the eve of the debut of its first Naples store – and a major protest of the event by area farmworkers, Trader Joe’s and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers have made peace.
For months, the two had been odds, but Thursday afternoon, the California-based boutique grocery chain joined the coalition’s Fair Food Program, which improves labor standards in farm fields while raising workers’ wages.
“We are truly happy today to welcome Trader Joe’s aboard the Fair Food Program,” said coalition member Gerardo Reyes in a release. “Trader Joe’s is cherished by its customers for a number of reasons, but high on that list is the company’s commitment to ethical purchasing practices. With this agreement, Trader Joe’s reaffirms that commitment and sends a strong — and timely — message of support to the Florida growers who are choosing to do the right thing, investing in improved labor standards, despite the challenges of a difficult marketplace and tough economic times.”