[DenverFairFoodAnnounce] Fwd: BREAKING: Trader Joes, CIW Sign Fair Food Agreement!
Denver Fair Food Committee
denverfairfood at gmail.com
Sat Feb 11 16:26:40 EST 2012
Important News from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers...VICTORY! We Won!
Trader Joe's signed a Fair Food Agreement! Thank you to everyone who could
the time to send an email to Trader Joe's CEO. You might have been the
straw that broke the camel's back.
Our actions - no matter how small - when taken together, are powerful!
-Denver Fair Food
*Welcome aboard... *
*Trader Joe's and CIW sign
Fair Food agreement!*
Here's the Press Release on this breaking news (also, please be sure to
scroll down to see the important
notice<#135659bea894ae77_13563e691446fa82_note>about the cancellation
of this weekend's planned protests following the
*For Immediate Release*
February 9, 2012
Gerardo Reyes, CIW
gerardo at ciw-online.org
Alison Mochizuki, Director Public Relations, Trader Joe's
amochizuki at traderjoes.com
*Trader Joe’s and The Coalition of Immokalee Workers Sign Fair Food
Monrovia, CA/Immokalee, FL -- Trader Joe’s and the Coalition of Immokalee
Workers (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 collaboration among
farmworkers, tomato growers, and the food industry leaders who purchase
Florida tomatoes – with a small price premium to help improve harvesters’
wages. The goal of the Fair Food Program is to promote the development of a
sustainable Florida tomato industry that advances both the human rights of
farmworkers and the long-term interests of Florida tomato growers.
“We are truly happy today to welcome Trader Joe’s aboard the Fair Food
Program,” said Gerardo Reyes of the CIW. “Trader Joe’s is cherished by its
customers for a number of reasons, but high on that list is the company’s
commitment to ethical purchasing practices. With this agreement, Trader
Joe’s reaffirms that commitment and sends a strong -- and timely -- message
of support to the Florida growers who are choosing to do the right thing,
investing in improved labor standards, despite the challenges of a
difficult marketplace and tough economic times.”
*About Trader Joe’s:* With the opening of the Naples, Florida location,
Trader Joe’s operates 367 neighborhood grocery stores across the nation.
More information at
*About the CIW:* The CIW
is a community-based farmworker organization headquartered in Immokalee,
Florida, with over 4,000 members. The CIW seeks modern working conditions
for farmworkers and promotes their fair treatment in accordance with
national and international labor standards. Among its accomplishments, the
CIW has aided in the prosecution by the Department of Justice of six
slavery operations and the liberation of well over 1,000 workers. The CIW’s
Campaign for Fair Food has won unprecedented support for fundamental farm
labor reforms from retail food industry leaders, with the goal of enlisting
the market power of those companies to demand more humane labor standards
from their Florida tomato suppliers.
*Important Notice: *The CIW thanks the tens of thousands of Fair Food
activists around the country who helped make this tremendous step forward
possible, especially those who had planned actions in over 40 cities this
coming weekend. Naturally, in light of today's great news, *the CIW is
calling off the actions planned for the new Trader Joe's store in Naples*.
Similarly, we ask that all other actions planned for this weekend be
cancelled, and that organizers and consumers who were planning to attend
instead take a moment<http://org2.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=iMq%2B1Qz%2FYq8ht79ItR5%2BXhg1fAxe7Omf>to
congratulate Trader Joe's for having joined the Fair Food Program.
Onward to Publix, and the rest of the supermarket industry...
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