Monday, November 12, 2007

Tell Burger King to Stop Stalling and Start Working with the CIW!

Tell Burger King to Stop Stalling and Start Working with the CIW!


The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farmworker-led organization based in southwest Florida, together with its youth and student allies, has successfully won binding agreements with Yum Brands (Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, etc.) and McDonald's to help increase wages and improve working conditions for tomato pickers in Florida.

Today, in the wake of these agreements, we stand on the threshold of a more modern, more humane agricultural industry in Florida. Yet, facing this historic opportunity to take responsibility for the human rights crisis in its tomato supply chain -- a crisis that its high-volume tomato purchasing practices directly contribute to -- Burger King has instead chosen to lie, stall, and give comfort to tomato growers in Florida that are trying to resist these urgently-needed changes.

Please email and fax decision-makers at Burger King and Goldman, Sachs & Co. (an investment firm that owns a sizable chunk of BK stocks) today to demand BK stop encouraging the growers' resistance and instead use their influence, as Yum and McDonald's have, to stand with Florida's tomato pickers in their fight for fundamental human rights in the fields. Tell me more