Farmworkers Reach Key Milestone in Fight for Living Wages

By Ivone Guillen 7-29-2015
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After more than two decades of working to increase social responsibility in the agricultural industry, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has announced a new partnership with a leading grocer that will bring "Fair Food" tomatoes — ones that are responsibly sourced, protecting the rights of farmworkers — to more than 50 million new customers a month in nearly 780 new stores in 14 states.

This new collaboration between Ahold USA (parent company to Giant, Stop & Shop, and Peapod) and CIW sends an important message across the grocery industry: supporting a modern and humane agricultural industry improves the lives of agricultural workers.

From ABC affiliate WSET in Virginia: 

“James McCann, Chief Operating Officer of Ahold USA, said ... 'Our companies and our customers care about the welfare of workers in our supply chain, and we believe now is the right time to begin an important new chapter in our partnership with the CIW.”

Read more details on landmark development here.

Ivone Guillen is Sojourners' Immigration Associate.

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