The Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) is a national network of youth and students working in alliance with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a worker-led organization in based in Florida, to eliminate sweatshop conditions and modern-day slavery in the fields.
Since 2001, nine major food suppliers (Taco Bell/Yum! Brands, McDonalds, Burger King, Whole Foods, Subway, Bon Apetit, Compass Group, Aramark, and Sodexo) have signed agreements with the CIW. These nine corporations have each agreed to pay an extra penny per pound of tomatoes picked, with that wage increase being passed directly on to workers, and to adhere to a human-rights based supplier-code-of-conduct, which incudes a zero-tolerance policy for slavery.
Today, the CIW, SFA, and the CIW’s other allies, are asking the giants in the Supermarket Industry to be a part of the solution as well. In the Northeast, Stop and Shop Supermarkets (subsidiary of Ahold), has yet to take responsibility for the subpoverty wages and abuses that occur in its supply-chain. We are calling on Stop and Shop to sign an agreement with the CIW, just as nine major corporations have already done. SLA recognizes that we as consumers have the right and responsibility to demand that our food be harvested under fair working conditions. Many members of the Brown community are customers at the multiple Stop and Shop supermarkets in Providence, and different departments at Brown use Stop and Shop’s grocery delivery service, called Peapod. SLA is committed to working to bring Stop and Shop to the table, in conjunction with other student, faith, labor, and community allies in Providence and in our region.