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Tell Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw: It's time to sign the Fair Food Agreement.
The Campaign for Fair Food asks corporations to:
- Purchase only from those growers that participate in the Fair Food Program.
- Pay a small premium to the growers to pass to farmworkers, increasing the wages of the workers by a penny per pound per tomatoes (an increase of approximately 60 percent).
- Comply with the Fair Food Code of Conduct that includes zero tolerance for forced labor and systemic child labor. It requires companies to suspend purchasing from bad actors and support growers from the Fair Food Program who are allowing worker to worker education sessions on the clock to ensure workers know their new rights.
- Uphold a process by which workers can report abuses without fear of retaliation, and with assurance of investigation.
- Support health and safety committees of workers on every farm to ensure that workers have a voice in their working conditions.
- Make some specific and concrete changes in working conditions that ensure fair compensation.
- Provide for the simple comfort of shade and rest during extremely hot work days.
Dear Mr. Ed Crenshaw and Publix Corporate Management:
In March, farmworkers, students and religious leaders sacrificed six days of food so that farmworkers and their children may not go hungry in the future. They fasted for a decent wage and livable working conditions. My faith calls me to pray and speak with them for justice in our food system.
When I slice a fresh tomato and serve it to my family, I want to know that the worker who harvested it was treated humanely. I sincerely hope your company will set an example for supermarkets across the nation and sign the Fair Food Agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
With faith for a more just future,
This petition has a goal of 500 signatures
The Poverty Initiative
is part of the Justice and Advocacy Commission of the National
Council of Churches of Christ.