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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 Coali...

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Farmworkers protest at new Publix in Sarasota listen

11/14/11 Doug Driscoll
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Yesterday, about 250 protestors packed the sidewalks in front of Sarasota’s newest Publix. They are asking the food giant to sign the Fair Food Agreement in support of tomato harvesters across Florida. For over two years, Publix has refused to support their request for what amounts to one penny more per pound, along with reasonable working conditions in the field.

The sidewalks were filled with protestors, chanting and marching around the edifice of the corporation’s newest retail store. ...

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Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw refuses to meet with cycling Immokalee farmworkers listen

09/06/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tuesday, under stormy skies, a group of tomato pickers from Immokalee, Florida ended their 200 mile bicycle ride from the fields of Immokalee to the Corporate Headquarters of Publix Supermarkets in Lakeland to discuss their wages.

The group of tired farmworkers, wet from today's torrential downpour, arrived at Publix headquarters just after noon with hopes of speaking directly to Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw and inviting him to visit Immokalee, sit down with the farmworkers, and come to an agree...

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In Tampa hundreds call for Publix to pay an extra penny per pound of tomatoes listen

03/07/11 Zack Baddorf
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Hundreds of farm workers and their supporters rallied outside the Publix grocery store on Dale Mabry Avenue in Tampa over the weekend, demanding better pay and working conditions for the 30,000-some tomato harvesters throughout Florida. The Coalition of Immokalee workers has asked the supermarket chain to sign a “Fair Food” agreement for those producing the $620 million tomato crop.

The protesters walked along the sidewalks just off Publix property, singing, chanting, and waving signs. The...

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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 s...

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Farmworkers to protest Publix this weekend

03/03/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. This coming Saturday, March 5th, farmworkers from Immokalee, who harvest the state's $620 million tomato crop – will be joined by consumers from across the Southeast in three simultaneous marches through downtown Tampa converging at the 1313 S. Dale Mabry Highway store, where they will hold a rally to demand that the supermarket chain join a growing partnership among farmworkers, Florida tomato growers, and retail food giants aimed at end...

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Immokalee farmworkers travel from Boston to Tampa to demand fair treatment listen

03/02/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Farmworkers in Immokalee Florida have won concessions from retail outlets and from tomato growers in recent years. But they are still perusing fair wages and working conditions. This week they’re on a road trip from Boston to Tampa.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ tour ends in Tampa this week.

Marc Rodrigues is with the Student Farmworker Alliance.

[Previous WMNF coverage of farmworkers](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories?tag=Coalition+of+Immokalee+Wo...

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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 “Publix” and t...

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Immokalee Workers reach agreement with major tomato growers listen

11/16/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today the Coalition of Immokalee Workers scored a major victory in their fight for fair wages and improved working conditions. Gerardo Reyes, a member of the farmworkers’ group, says they have signed an agreement with the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange.

"The announcement today was between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange. This is a really important announcement because it's basically an agreement that's the sig...

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Farmworkers and their supporters march in Tampa listen

10/18/10 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Last Friday during rush hour, A group called Tampa Bay Fair Food organized a march from downtown Tampa to the Publix Greenwise Market in Hyde Park to protest Publix Super Market's policies regarding fair food practices and farmworker rights.

Fresh from their victory last week in reaching an agreement with Pacific Tomato Growers, one of the nation's oldest and largest tomato producers, dozens of Immokalee farmworkers traveled to Tampa on Friday to participate in a marc...

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