CIW: Help Us Abolish Sweatshops in Florida's Fields!

Over the next several weeks, we ask that you take this simple action to help end the human rights crisis in Florida’s fields: Drop a letter at your local McDonald’s calling on the fast-food giant to stop sidestepping the real issues and work with the CIW for real farm labor reform, and ask the manager to make your feelings known to corporate headquarters in Chicago.

IMPORTANT NEW ACTION ALERT!!

Coaltion of Immokalee Workers: Help Us Abolish Sweatshops in Florida's Fields!

http://www.ciw-online.org

February 1, in the year 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment into law, officially abolishing slavery in this country. Yet today, in Florida, federal prosecutors still rely on laws derived from the 13th Amendment to put farm labor employers behind bars for holding their workers in modern-day slavery.

There is today a human rights crisis in Florida's fields. But this
human rights crisis does not begin and end with slavery. Rather,
slavery is only the most extreme form of the sweatshop conditions that exist throughout Florida's agricultural industry where workers toil from dawn to dusk for sub-poverty wages at a piece rate that hasn't changed significantly in nearly 30 years, with no right to overtime pay, no health insurance, no sick leave, no paid vacation or pension, and no right to organize if they would hope to improve these conditions.

On this anniversary of the signing of the 13th Amendment, the CIW is announcing an important new action in our campaign to abolish slavery and sweatshops in Florida agriculture.

Over the next several weeks, we ask that you take this simple action to help end the human rights crisis in Florida's fields: Drop a letter at your local McDonald's calling on the fast-food giant to stop sidestepping the real issues and work with the CIW for real farm labor reform, and ask the manager to make your feelings known to corporate headquarters in Chicago.

Download the letter by visiting the following link:
http://www.ciw-online.org/mcd_manager_letter.pdf

No right to overtime pay, no right to organize, sub-poverty wages...
it's worth thinking about those conditions again. They are the rule,
the unquestioned norm in Florida agriculture. This environment of
powerlessness and exploitation is the fertile ground from which case after case of modern-day slavery is born.

That's why farmworkers with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers are organizing to make sweatshops a thing of the past in the fields of Florida. The agreement with Taco Bell was an important first step
toward corporate accountability in the food industry and gave hope that other major retail food corporations would follow suit and help
clean up human rights violations in their suppliers' operations.

By paying a fairer price for its tomatoes, Taco Bell helped workers
earn a fairer wage. And by working with the CIW on making its code of conduct stronger, Taco Bell helped open the door to farmworkers playing a meaningful role in the protection of their own rights.

But Taco Bell can't do it alone. Nearly one year later, fast-food
industry leader McDonald's still refuses to take these simple steps for justice. Click on the link below, read the letter that follows, and if you agree, print it out, take it to your local McDonald's, and ask that it be sent to Corporate Headquarters. It's one small step toward a fairer future for Florida's farmworkers, and one giant step for the fast-food industry as a whole.

http://www.ciw-online.org/mcd_manager_letter.pdf

And as always, visit our website at www.ciw-online.org for the latest
information on this developing campaign.

Thanks,
the Coalition of Immokalee Workers

P.S. If you bring a letter to McDonald's, be sure to let us know at organize@sfalliance.org