Protesters Call for Fair Wages for Farmworkers


Justice and Witness News Briefs

4/20/2012

MACUCC Associate Conference Minister Peter Wells joined 50 other demonstrators at Stop & Shop corporate headquarters in Quincy last week in support of fair wages for Florida farmworkers.

Stop & Shop has refused to sign an agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), which asks that supermarkets and restaurants agree to pay one penny more per pound for Florida tomatoes - a penny that goes directly into the pockets of the farmworkers and can substantially increase their standard of living. Stop & Shop officials maintain that they deal fairly with Florida farmworkers.

CIW has signed agreements with Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and McDonald's, among others.

According to a recent story about the Quincy protest in the Patriot Ledger, Rev. Dr. Wells stated that “It’s ironic that we are here where John Quincy Adams was born.  He started a revolution, and that’s what’s going on here.”

Read the story here.

Read more about the CIW, and how paying a penny a pound more can impact lives.



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