CIW Campaign for Fair Food
About the CIW:
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a grassroots organization based in Immokalee, Florida that works on improving the wages and labor conditions of its members, who are primarily tomato pickers, as well as bringing attention to cases of modern-day slavery.
About the CIW’s Campaign for Fair Food:
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)’s campaign focuses on bringing giant fast food corporations, supermarkets, food providers and the tomato industry to act as responsible corporations throughout their supply chains, and on fighting against modern day slavery in the fields of Florida.
The campaign has three major demands that seek to improve the lives and working conditions of tomato pickers in Immokalee, Florida:
- An immediate increase in farm worker wages (they advocate for an increase of at least a penny more per pound of tomatoes)
- Developing an industry-wide Code of Conduct with the full participation of farm workers (to prevent abuses at the workplace, including modern day slavery).
- A seat at the table for farm workers alongside growers and corporations who are making decisions that affect the tomato industry.
The CIW has reached agreements with YUM Brands, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Whole Foods, Bon Appétit Co., Aramark and Sodexo, and Trader Joe’s.
They are currently focusing on Publix, Kroger, and Ahold (parent company of Stop & Shop & Giant) in the supermarket industry, and on Chipotle in the fast food industry.
What We Are Doing to Support CIW:
- Organizing speaking events with members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
- Educating communities about the CIW and the issues faced by tomato pickers
- Mobilizing members and allies to participate in marches and demonstrations
- Delivering and collecting letters, and more
- NFWM’s YAYA members in Florida are especially active on CIW campaigns
- Sign up to receive our Action Alerts and newsletter to be notified of opportunities to take action near
- Make a donation to support our work.
- Visit NFWM – YAYA’s website for actions in Florida.
- Visit the CIW website to learn more.
Content provided by NFWM-YAYA Staff.