Coalition of Immokalee Workers

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Trader Joe’s Grocery Chain, Coalition of Immokalee Workers Reach Accord

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 … Continue reading

PBS: Farmworker Justice

From PBS.org, “Farmworker Justice” by Saul Gonzalez, 3 Feb 2012. For video report, click here. BOB ABERNETHY, host: For decades, religious organizations such as the National Council of Churches, the Catholic bishops, and others have been working with labor organizers to try to improve conditions for farm workers, and there’s been some success, most recently … Continue reading

International Human Rights Day Brings Out 100 Protesters in North Naples

From NaplesNews.com, Joanna Chau, 10 Dec 2011. NAPLES — On a day set aside by the United Nations to support human rights, dozens of protesters picketed Saturday in North Naples, demanding better wages and improved working conditions. Organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Occupy Naples, about 100 people gathered in front of the Riverchase … Continue reading

Groupthink Isn’t Sustainable

From SustainableBusinessForum.com, Ted Coine, 2 Dec 2011. In my last Sustainable Leadership post, I shared a bit about the struggle between migrant tomato pickers, represented by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), and two companies: Trader Joe’s and Publix Supermarkets. Both of these companies are, to various extents, beloved brands that have cultivated reputations as … Continue reading

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: A Model for Tackling Corporate Powers

From GainesvilleIguana.org, Kimberly Hunter, 30 Nov 2011. If we hope to change corporate policies to benefit rather than exploit the 99 percent, we should study the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ history and organizing model: Consciousness + Commitment = Change. They have discovered how to challenge giant corporations in the 21st century – and win! Together … Continue reading

Settlement for South Florida Tomato Pickers Leads to Dispute Among Their Advocates

From PalmBeachPost.com, John Lantigua, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer, 23 Oct 2011. Life for migrant farm workers in the United States, including in South Florida, has always been pretty slim pickings. But lately, some tomato pickers have benefited from agreements signed with many of the world’s largest fast-food companies – McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell … Continue reading

A Just Harvest for Sukkot

From HuffingtonPost.com, Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, Director of North American Programs, Rabbis for Human Rights North America, 12 Oct 2011. It’s not every day that I get kicked out of a supermarket, but it’s also a bit unusual to see a group of rabbis singing in Hebrew in the tomatoes section of a Publix in Naples, … Continue reading

Opinion: Pondering Publix and Pennies per Pound

From NaplesNews.com,’Let Me Get This Straight’ by Barry Knister, 26 Sept 2011. Jeff Lytle’s August 28 editorial “Immokalee coalition should target education, not Publix” has generated lots of comment on the issue he takes up: is the Coalition of Immokalee Workers missing the point when its members demonstrate at Publix supermarkets to pressure the retailer … Continue reading

Tomatoes of Wrath

From TruthDig.com, Chris Hedges, 26 Sept 2011. It is 6 a.m. in the parking lot outside the La Fiesta supermarket in Immokalee, Fla. Rodrigo Ortiz, a 26-year-old farmworker, waits forlornly in the half light for work in the tomato fields. White-painted school buses with logos such as “P. Cardenas Harvesting” are slowly filling with fieldworkers. … Continue reading

Editorial: Workers deserve back pay

From News-Press.com, “Editorial: Workers deserve back pay” 22 Sept 2011. It’s important – no, imperative – that the “penny-more-per-pound” promise be honored to the fullest. The News-Press Editorial Board named the Coalition of Immokalee Workers the People of the Year of 2010 precisely because of its campaign to fight for better wages for tomato pickers. … Continue reading

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