Thanksgiving Week of Supermarket Action

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Ready to fight for fair food!

On November 19 we held an action at two Providence Stop and Shop locations to put pressure on Stop and Shop to agree to the Fair Food Program, a program to guarantee basic working protections for tomato pickers in Immokalee, Florida. Acting in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee workers as part of the Thanksgiving week of supermarket action, we hid flyers throughout the stores that said: “We’re thankful for the workers who harvest our food. Is Stop & Shop?” On the reverse side we described how the agreement both protects workers from slavery and sexual abuse (which had been all too common before the program) and gives them a 1¢ raise per pound of tomatoes, which would raise the daily wage from $50 to $80. Many corporations, such as McDonalds and Burger King, have signed on to the program, which was designed by and pushed for by workers in Immokalee and their allies. However, the fact that some major supermarkets have refused to agree to the program means that many workers continue to face threats of forced labor, wage theft, and sexual harassment. We will continue to put pressure on Stop and Shop and other major supermarkets and fast food chains until these workers are no longer taken advantage of. More information about the CIW can be found here.

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