Farm worker advocates presented Burger King officials in Miami with tens of thousands of signed petitions demanding tomato pickers be treated more fairly on Monday. WGCU’s Mike Kiniry reports.
The petition delivery comes shortly after U.S. Senate hearings on the matter - during which lawmakers promised to investigate the wages and working conditions of south Florida’s tomato pickers.
Burger King officials maintain tomato pickers in Florida are treated well and paid more than 12-dollars an hour on average. The company has refused to sign a deal with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to pay a penny more per pound for the tomatoes it buys.
Coalition spokeswoman - Julia Perkins – says they’ve focused on companies like Burger King because of its enormous buying power.
Tuesday, 29 April 2008 01:00
CIW Delivers Petitions to Burger King HeadquartersWritten by Mike Kiniry