The AFL-CIO placed the Mt. Olive Pickle Company on its national boycott list in
February. Mt. Olive, the largest pickle company in the South, has been a target of the
AFL-CIOs Farm Labor Organizing Committee for two years due to the "squalid
conditions" and low pay its workers receive.
The World Methodist Peace Award this year will be presented to Latin Americans for the
first timethe Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina. The Grandmothers
organized in response to the "disappearances" of their children at the hands of
the government and right-wing death squads.
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Rep. David Bonior (D-Mich.) introduced the Fair
Minimum Wage Act of 1999 in January. The bills, S192 and HR 325, would increase the
minimum wage by 50 cents on September 1, 1999, and by another 50 cents September 1, 2000.
Currently a person working full-time on minimum wage will still earn $2,900 below the
poverty line for a three-person family.
The Mary of Mount Carmel Catholic Worker House opened in February in the former rectory
of Queen of Peace Parish in Portland, Oregon. The North Portland house joined the 150
Catholic Worker housesall but three in the United Statesto open since the
movements beginning in 1933.