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April 10, 2007

Without Firing a Shot

Holy crap!

In 2005, after several years of struggle, a group of farmworkers from Florida managed to pressure the Taco Bell company into paying more money for their produce, so that the people who pick Taco Bell’s tomatoes could earn a living wage. This victory was unheard of, yet certainly welcome.

This year, this same group of farmworkers planned to take their pressure/boycott campaign to McDonald’s, to get that company to pay more for their tomatoes, for the sake of the farmworkers. The kick-off was set to take place this coming weekend, two days of protests and rallies outside McDonald’s headquarters, featuring all sorts of musical acts, and speeches from union leaders and religious supporters.

And then, just days before the campaign was to begin, McDonald’s gave in to all of the farmworkers’ demands!

The farmworkers have decided to go ahead with their rallies, and will just shift the target to Burger King. Sounds like their plan is to push each of the major fast food companies in turn.

Congrats to the Immokalee workers and their allies. Excellent fucking work.

Posted by Jake on April 10, 2007 10:59 pm

6 Comments »

  1. pointless. they only raised the price 1 goddamn cent per pound of tomatos. somehow this does not seem like a victory, just an appeasement to stop the protests.

    they should have kept protesting, pref. violently for MORE money. you will never get anywhere with peaceful protests. start killing some fucking fast food executives on live TV (like the swine they are) and THEN you will see some more money and REAL living wages.

    Comment by Matt H — April 11, 2007 @ 7:25 am

  2. I hear what you’re saying Matt, but the farmworkers were asking for three things, and got all three. 1 cent per pound almost doubles their previous rate.

    Comment by Jake — April 11, 2007 @ 7:58 am

  3. matt is either a wingnut or a cop. both are bad.

    Comment by kitkat — April 11, 2007 @ 2:26 pm

  4. no, im a realist. . . get real. protests dont work. violence solves everything, and if it does not, your not using enough of it!

    Comment by Matt H — April 12, 2007 @ 3:27 am

  5. Who the fuck would eat at either of these shithole restaurants? Sick.

    Comment by Ben — April 17, 2007 @ 11:43 am

  6. millions of americans/the world eat there.

    Comment by Matt H — April 17, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

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