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Immokalee tomato harvesters win agreement with Trader Joe's listen

02/10/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, the nationwide specialty grocery store chain, Trader Joe’s, signed a landmark agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. It guarantees the company will pay one penny more per pound of tomatoes picked by immigrant farm workers in South Florida. The agreement came a day before planned protests of the grand opening of the first Trader Joe’s in the state.

Protests were planned in over 40 cities nationwide this weekend against Trader Joe’s for failing to sign on to the...

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Community organizers campaign against modern-day slavery and for fair food at Publix stores in Pinellas listen

07/29/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Anti-slavery protesters and activists for fair-food took their demands to three Publix grocery stores in St. Petersburg Sunday.

For nearly a decade social justice activists have struggled to get fair wages for Florida’s tomato harvesters. They’ve tried protesting, marching and chanting in front of Publix grocery stores to get the grocery giant to pay their suppliers a penny more per pound for tomatoes. But this weekend the activists decided to use a more personal approach – to talk ...


Tomato harvesters, others prepare for Tampa Publix protest listen

03/04/11 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A group of Florida tomato harvesters has lobbied the likes of McDonalds, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods in pursuit of better wages and living conditions. Now the Coalition of Immokalee workers is entrenched in a fight to get Publix Supermarkets to follow suit. They’re demonstrating near four Tampa Bay area stores, and have a massive march planned for Saturday.

Members of the coalition and numerous groups standing in solidarity gathered outside a Publix near the southern tip of St. Pete. They...


Farmworkers continue Publix protests in St. Petersburg listen

02/14/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Farm workers remain in a stand-off with Publix regarding a penny per pound increase in the cost of tomatoes. Publix refuses to compromise, but protesters are not backing down anytime soon.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their supporters protested in front of two St. Petersburg Publix Supermarkets Saturday. The group brandished signs reading “Publix Profits from Poverty” and others with similar messages. They wore mocking green shirts that said “Poverty” instead of “Pub...

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