New CIW Victory: Two Florida Growers Now Support CIW’s “Penny-per-Pound” Program!
Whole Foods Market, the leading natural and organic foods supermarket, has announced that two of Florida’s largest organic tomato growers, Lady Moon Farms and Alderman Farms, have agreed to implement NESRI partner Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) “penny-per-pound” program designed to improve wages for tomato harvesters. The move effectively breaks the stalemate established nearly two seasons ago when the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange threatened to fine any of its members that sold tomatoes under the terms of the CIW agreements. At that time, two Florida growers who had been passing on the penny-per-pound increase under the Taco Bell agreement ceased doing so.
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