A message from the United Farm Workers:
Retailers and growers want us to believe that they’re doing right by the environment and workers. Gerawan Farming, producers of Prima brand plums, peaches, nectarines and grapes talks about the “best wages” and other benefits they allegedly provide to over 5,000 farm workers who harvest these crops. Walmart, a major purchaser of Prima brand products, also makes similar statements, and has gone as far as posting “Standards for Suppliers.“
But if you really want to know what’s going on in the fields, talk to workers. Farm workers who harvest Prima brand products are now suing the company for minimum wage violations. This is a far cry from paying workers the “best wages”.
Earlier this month, we shared news of this lawsuit with Walmart, informing them that by failing to pay farm workers minimum wage, Prima brand products were in violation of Walmart’s supplier standards. We also told them about the litany of other human rights violations and labor law violations farm workers have suffered, along with intimidation and fraud.
Walmart pretended to listen, then chose to do nothing. In other words, much like the fancy statements made about Prima brand plums, peaches, nectarines and grapes; Walmart’s claims of holding their suppliers accountable, at least in this case, are just as empty.