CIW and Alliance for Fair Food

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a farmworker-led human rights organization based in Southwest Florida that has drastically shifted the landscape of workers' rights within Southern agriculture. Formed in the early 1990's to respond to a series of abusive conditions in the Florida tomato industry, the Coalition has worked for decades to establish better wages and working conditions for a largely Central American and Caribbean immigrant workforce. Alongside its consumer ally network (the Alliance for Fair Food), the Coalition has won major victories against companies like Taco Bell, Walmart, Whole Foods, and McDonald's, who alongside 11 other corporations have agreed to join the Fair Food Program (FFP). The FFP ensures a wage increase and human rights based labor protections for over 35,000 farmworkers who pick tomatoes, bell peppers, and strawberries across Florida and the US Southeast. The CIW has an active campaign against Publix Supermarkets, and as of March 2016 has declared a national boycott against Wendy's, who have both refused to join the Coalition's Fair Food Program. Wendy's has gone so far as to remove its purchasing power from the Florida tomato industry, where conditions are steadily improving, to the Mexican tomato industry, where slavery cases in the supply chain (such as Wendy's supplier Bioparques de Occidente) have been confirmed, alongside rampant gendered violence and child labor. Join the Coalition in its historic efforts to create a better world, one where all farmworkers will be free from want and from fear.

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Patricia Cipollitti