The national president of the AFL-CIO joined the widow of Robert F. Kenndy in Immokalee yesterday as part of a campaign to raise wages for those who pick tomatoes used on McDonalds’ salads and sandwiches.
78-year-old Ethel Kennedy and union head John Sweeney marched Sunday to support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. They pointed out that farm-workers currently must pick nearly two tons of tomatoes to earn $50-dollars… and Sweeney pledged the support of the AFL-CIO’s 10-million members in the fight to raise wages…
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers' gained national attention with a four-year boycott of Taco Bell. That boycott ended last year when the fast food maker’s parent company agreed to require its tomato suppliers to pay a penny a pound more to pickers.
Tuesday, 25 April 2006 01:00