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US SENATE HEARING INTO FARMWORKER EXPLOITATION IN FLORIDA TOMATO FIELDS (photos by Fritz Myer)

The historic hearing in the US Senate — the first ever specifically called to look into labor conditions in Florida’s fields, the nation’s largest producer of fresh tomatoes and, for many years, of shameful headlines of farmworker slavery and exploitation

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US Senate holds hearing into slavery and sweatshop conditions

US Senate holds hearing into slavery and sweatshop conditions in Florida’s fields; Senators tell Florida tomato growers: "We are going to stay on this issue"!… Click here for a full report and exclusive photos from the historic Senate hearing! See a great report and analysis of yesterday’s hearing from The Nation by clicking here. See all the press reports from the day’s events here. See a video from the hearing and testimony from all the witnesses here. The hearing came as the national Petition Campaign to End Slavery and Sweatshops in the Fields enters its final stretch before the April […]

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PETITION DELIVERY PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON BK’S DIRTY LAUNDRY

PETITION DELIVERY PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON BK’S DIRTY LAUNDRY (photo by Wilfredo Lee, Associated Press) Click here for the CIW report with exclusive photos from Monday’s exciting protest! Latest editorials and reports on the growing controversy: "Raw deal by BK," editorial, Ft. Myers News-Press, 4/30/08 "Burger King Burglarly," editorial, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 4/29/08 "Burger King VP accused of flaming pressure group," vnunet.com, UK, 4/29/08 "BK draws more heat from tomato pickers group," Nation’s Restaurant News, 4/28/08 "Beef with Burger King," CNBC video, 4/30/08 UPDATE: Just how high does widening scandal go? Fast-food giant mum… As 200 farmworkers and […]

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Press Release: Members of Congress Join CIW in Campaign to End Modern-Day Slavery

Members of Congress Join CIW in Campaign to End Modern Day Slavery and Sweatshops in America’s Fields

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2008 CIW “Year of the Worker” Party!

                                       

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CIW honored with national CCHD award!

CIW honored with national CCHD award!… Award given annually by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Last night, at a ceremony in Washington, DC, the CIW was recognized for its work fighting farmworker poverty and modern-day slavery by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, with the 2008 Sister Margaret Cafferty Development of People Award. Shown here are Gerardo Reyes of the CIW, right, and CCHD Director Ralph McCloud, with the award. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty and social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. […]

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CIW LAUNCHES MAJOR NEW ACTION!

 Join the petition campaign to end modern-day slavery and sweatshops in the fields! Be a part of history… The CIW is launching a national petition drive calling on Burger King and other food industry leaders to work with the CIW to: improve the wages and working conditions of the men and women who harvest their tomatoes, and support an industry-wide effort to end human rights violations and modern-day slavery in all of Florida’s fields. The petition will also serve notice that those who sign are “prepared to stop patronizing Burger King now, and other food industry leaders in the future, […]

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NEWS ROUND-UP!

NEWS ROUND-UP!… Check out all the latest stories from the Campaign for Fair Food: * Oxfam America – "Resistance to Wage Hike Fuels Resolve of Farm Worker Advocates" (2/21/08) * QSR Magazine – "Tomato Troubles" (2/08) * Raleigh News and Observer – "Tomato growers’ fight far from over" (an update on the pesticide fines facing Whole Foods supplier Ag-Mart, 2/13/08) * And another great new photo gallery, including this photo on the right of a picker counting bucket tokens after a long day of work — Don’t miss the new gallery, by Chris Maluszynski!

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15,000 More signatures!

15,000 More signatures!… United Students Against Sweatshops organized a rocking weekend of action in BK’s backyard, including the delivery (left) of nearly 15,000 signatures on an American Rights at Work petition calling on BK to quit stalling and work with the CIW for real change! See the SFA report, with incredible pictures from the 300-person action at a Miami BK, by clicking here!

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Department of Labor announces intent to strip worker protections from H-2A guestworker program

Move threatens to worsen already deplorable farmworker conditions… The Bush administration’s Department of Labor announced plans to gut regulations governing the nation’s agricultural guestworker program today. The proposed changes threaten to significantly cut farmworker wages, lower the bar on farmworker housing, and diminish government oversight of what is already a troubled program. The agricultural guestworker program has long been criticized by labor economists as an unnecessary and exploitative sop to the powerful agribusiness lobby, designed to provide farm employers with a steady supply of low-wage, docile labor. Decades of stagnant farm labor wages fly in the face of growers’ perennial […]

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