ProJo: “Group pickets Providence Stop & Shop to increase wages for tomato pickers”

From the Providence Journal:

PROVIDENCE- About three-dozen people lined the sidewalk on Branch Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, waving signs and chanting, to pressure the Stop & Shop chain to join an agreement to boost the wages and living conditions of Florida tomato pickers.

Store representatives shooed protesters away from the doors, where the group tried to hand out leaflets. The representatives told them to stay on the sidewalk and not to block access to the store’s driveway.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers wants Stop & Stop, a division of the Dutch food company Ahold, to join a partnership among farm workers, Florida tomato growers and retail food operators. One key part of the campaign is getting large retail food operators, including markets, fast-food restaurants and food-service companies, to pay a penny more a pound for tomatoes, with the money going to tomato-picker wages.

The coalition says companies signing on to the agreement include Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Burger King and Subway; food-service operators Aramark and Sodexo, and supermarket chain Whole Foods.

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