Newly Opened Trader Joe’s Greeted by Protesters Supporting Tomato Pickers

by Arieh Lebowitz

August 19th, NYC: The Jewish Labor Committee joined nearly 100 people at a demo in front of a newly opened Trader Joe’s store in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, to inform consumers about the human rights abuses against farm workers harvesting the tomatoes sold by the company, and to demand that the company sign a fair food agreement with the  (CIW), which is the central organization fighting for these farm workers, who need better wages and more humane standards in the fields. The protestors also called on the company to buy only from growers who meet these standards. Other large corporations such as Whole Foods, Subway, Burger King and McDonald’s have already signed similar agreements with the CIW.

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NYC DSAers tell Trader Joe’s to Pay Farmworkers a Fair Wage

By Maria Svart

On Thursday, March 18th, NYC DSAers rallied with activists from Jobs with Justice and the Alliance for Fair Food in front of the Trader Joe’s supermarket in Union Square. We expressed our solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in their fight to get a just wage for the hardworking men and women who pick tomatoes for Trader Joe’s.

This wasn’t my first time standing up for farmworkers. My Young Democratic Socialists chapter at the University of Chicago campaigned to Boot the Bell from the U of C because Taco Bell was refusing to give a penny-per-pound raise to tomato pickers represented by CIW. By now, Taco Bell, Subway, Burger King and even anti-union Whole Foods pay a fair wage to farmworkers.

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