Justice for Farmworkers Action

Stop and Shop Corporate Office Headquarters, 1385 Hancock Street Quincy, MA

Join farmworkers and Fair Food advocates in demanding that Ahold uphold human rights and join the Fair Food Program! Just days before the Ahold (parent company of Stop and Shop) Shareholder Meeting, please join farmworkers and Fair Food allies in calling on Stop and Shop to join the Fair Food Program. The CIW recently celebrated a victory when Trader Joe's signed on to the Fair Food Program but the struggle isn't over.  Help to carry on the good work of our Shule 5th graders, and join in the struggle against Ahold!

For decades, Florida's farmworkers faced poverty wages and daily violations of their basic rights — including physical abuse, sexual harassment, and in the most extreme cases, modern-day slavery — in order to harvest the food on our plates. Today, however, a new day is dawning in the fields. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) — an internationally-recognized farmworker organization — has reached groundbreaking agreements with ten of the world's leading food retailers, including McDonald's, Subway and Trader Joe's. Hailed by the New York Times as "possibly the most successful labor action in the US in twenty years," the Fair Food Program establishes a worker-designed code of conduct in the fields and requires retailers to pay one more penny per pound for the tomatoes they buy to go directly to the workers who picked them—all of which is monitored and enforced by the independent Fair Food Standards Council.
 
Supermarkets like Ahold leverage their high-volume purchasing power to demand the ever-lower prices that result in farmworker exploitation. By refusing to partner with the CIW, the steps the company has taken fall far short of the substantive, verifiable and enforceable standards that the situation requires, consumers expect, and others within the industry have embraced.
 
More information: www.ciw-online.org