Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

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So this Saturday I went to the march/protest for the CIW. For those of you who don’t know who they are, they represent the tomato pickers down in Immokalee. They are all immigrants who work in inhumane conditions and get less than 50 cents per 32 lbs of tomatoes. The CIW’s purpose is to raise the salary to one more penny per pound, which would more than double their salary, and demand better working conditions. They are now making these demands on Publix and Aramark. These corporations believe they have no need to get involved since they don’t deal directly with the farm workers. I think this is a horrible excuse. They are basically saying they don’t mind the slavery or abuses as long as they get their product. Though there have been other companies such as Taco Bell, Burger King, and Subway that have agreed with the demands, there are still plenty of corporations that need to get involved. These immigrants are trying to make a better life for themselves and their families, and being forced to work in horrible conditions with very little pay is obviously not going to make that happen. I hate that these corporations don’t want to take responsibility until they are forced too by dropping profits or legal action. Hopefully Publix and Aramark come to the conclusion that they need to meet these demands soon. I doubt many people want the job of picking tomoatoes, so the corporations should make an effort to help those who are helping them get rich.


Written by erom13

October 27, 2009 at 1:39 am

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  1. I agree with you that they should help to improve working conditions and wages for these immigrants.
    You need to know though that they would just transfer these costs to the consumers by raising prices of fruits and vegetables. Too many people complain about illegal immigrants and how they are a nuisance and take jobs away from normal Americans. The majority of first generation Mexican and Central American immigrants work in the fields in similar conditions that you described. They are who keep the price of fruits and vegetables almost level with all other types of foods including all processed food and meats that are much cheaper to produce than fruits and vegetables.
    I am for helping improve there working conditions and wages. im just explaining a little part of the fight going on.


    October 27, 2009 at 2:18 am

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