About two dozen people wore red pigtails and held up signs outside Wendy’s in Midtown Sunday to urge the company to sign the Fair Food Agreement.
Members of the Community Farmworker Alliance (NYC) say five major fast food companies have signed the agreement, but Wendy’s has refused. The agreement also promises to provide the tomato workers with a fair wage. Right now tomato workers are paid per pound.
The agreement would protect low level farm workers who help supply the fast food chain.
According to the group’ s Facebook page, “Community/Farmworker Alliance (NYC) is a local collective of community members that organizes in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in their Campaign for Fair Food, a national movement to transform the purchasing practices of the corporate food industry in order to advance the human rights of farmworkers at the bottom of corporate supply chains.”
The group has also staged protests and created petitions against Chipotle and Trader Joe’s.
The CFA-NYC Facebook page says that since 2001, the group has “led the Campaign for Fair Food, which calls on major purchasers of tomatoes to leverage their tremendous buying power for the betterment of farmworker wages and working conditions.”