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March on Publix Sarasota, Florida April 21, 2012

Following the suggestion of Rev. Paul Binder, a longstanding United Church of Christ ally, a protest march was organized that wound from one Sarasota Publix store to another, passing, not coincidentally, by the site of Florida’s newest Trader Joe’s along the way

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Welcome aboard…

Trader Joe’s and CIW sign  Fair Food agreement! For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 9, 2012 Contact:Gerardo Reyes, CIW(239) 657-8311gerardo@ciw-online.org Alison Mochizuki, Director Public Relations, Trader Joe’s(626) 599-3779amochizuki@traderjoes.com Monrovia, CA/Immokalee, FL — Trader Joe’s and the (CIW) announced today that they have signed an agreement that formalizes the ways in which Trader Joe’s will work with the CIW and Florida tomato growers to support the CIW’s Fair Food Program. The Fair Food Program is a groundbreaking approach to social responsibility in the US produce industry that combines the Fair Food Code of Conduct – a set of labor standards developed in a unique […]

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“Groupthink Isn’t Sustainable”

Final installment in 3-part essay on Trader Joe’s, Publix puts supermarkets’ stubborn resistance to Campaign for Fair Food under the microscope… “Dear Joe” letters keep coming… Some of you may remember an article we posted here about two weeks ago by Ted Coine, a widely-followed author and commentator in the world of business leadership and corporate social responsibility. The article, entitled ““Doing the Right Thing Pays: Sustainable Leadership Series”, took a close look at why companies like Trader Joe’s and Publix, despite their reputations as ethical businesses, take such a stubborn stand against a widely-accepted and respected initiative like the […]

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March on Trader Joe’s Oakland, CA November 6, 2011

More than 200 people hit the streets of Oakland for a Fair Food march on California-based supermarket giant Trader Joe’s.

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CIW response to Trader Joe’s announcement of Oct. 21, 2011:

In Trader Joe’s latest public relations communiqué, issued the day before hundreds of Fair Food activists marched to its corporate headquarters in Monrovia, CA, the retailer now claims it is complying fully with the CIW’s Fair Food Program, but that it is simply doing so without the CIW.

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Supermarket Week of Action, Coast to Coast

In Philadelphia, students with U Penn’s Student Labor Action Project joined community and religious leaders in a large and spirited action, which attracted the attention of the local press (which you can read here and here). Above, Rabbis Lauren Grabelle-Herrmann and Rabbi Anna Boswell-Levy stand in front of a Fair Food Sukkah constructed on the sidewalk in front of the Trader Joe’s store to drive home the message that faith and Fair Food go hand in hand. In Milburn, NJ, protesters greeted shoppers with “samples of justice”… … while in Jacksonville, customers received a musical welcome from local Fair Food […]

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March on Trader Joe’s Headquarters Monrovia, CA October 21, 2011

March on Trader Joe’s Headquarters Monrovia, CA October 21, 2011

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PRESS RELEASE: Florida Tomato Pickers, Students, Faith and Community Allies to March to Trader Joe’s Corporate Headquarters

Florida Tomato Pickers, Students, Faith and Community Allies to March to Trader Joe’s Corporate Headquarters; Call on Company to Live up to Reputation as “Ethical Retailer”

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Southern California Religious Leaders Sign-on Letter to Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane

Dear Mr. Bane:
As religious leaders from Southern California, we urge Trader Joe’s to sign a Fair Food agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).

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Fair Food Festival rocks Trader Joe’s in NYC!

Day long protest sends message that consumers ready to “break up” with Joe over hypocrisy,
refusal to work with CIW…

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