Christ, what scumbags.
I’ve written here and on other sites multiple times about the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (and their allies) who have been campaigning for years to get better wages for Florida’s farmworkers. After lengthy struggles, they managed to get better wages by targetting the reputation of Taco Bell, then McDonald’s, and now Burger King. There will be a large protest this weekend outside Burger King headquarters in Miami, for those interested in participating.
But investigative journalists have discovered that Burger King has been working covertly to not only fight back against the farmworkers, but to smear them, and to try to roll back any progress their struggles have achieved. First Burger King and a tomato growers organization are threatening to impose a $100,000 “fine” any tomato growers who obey their higher-wage agreement with the farmworkers. In addition to this fierce attack, BK and the growers’ lobby are trying to convince the public that a) the higher-wage deals are illegal, b) the deals are “un-American”, and c) the farmworkers actually make tons of money, to try to mobilize resentment against the farmworkers.
Fucking jackals. Corporate profits are too important to let a few thousand brown people live above the poverty line.
[sorry, no radio show today]