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Protesters want Wendy’s to support farmers

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.


A picture from the group’s Facebook page, advocates are seen making signs for the Sunday protest.

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.

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Advocates protesting outside of a Trader Joe’s location in NYC.

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.”


3 Comments to “Protesters want Wendy’s to support farmers”

    chilena said:
    April 16, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Wow, just a penny almost doubles their pay?
    And how is Wendy's buying vegetables through a non-profit organization? I know there are cute little organic co-ops and things out there, but really? Enough non-profit vegetables to fill supply every Wendy's in America?

    car6402 said:
    April 17, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    These red pigtails are amazing! So cool to see people holding major fast food chains accountable and having fun at the same time. I think Trader Joe's/Chipotle joined the agreement mentioned here, too — can't wait to hear more about this work on Wendy's

    newyork56 said:
    April 17, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Fabulous creativity. From what I understand, the Community/Farmworker Alliance's actions with Trader Joe's and Chipotle contributed to the two companies agreeing to their demands. So the activity with Wendy's is definitely something to keep an eye on.

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