Author: CIW

Taco Bell Boycott Stories: A new website series…

Taco Bell Boycott Stories: A new website series…

[caption id="attachment_30196" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Workers from Immokalee build a pyramid of picking buckets outside Taco Bell parent company Yum Brands' corporate headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2003. The pyramid represented the number of 32-lb buckets of tomatoes a worker needed to pick to earn the minimum wage at the 40-cent per bucket piece rate that had been stagnant for nearly >> Read More
Wendy’s social media smackdown, Part Two…

Wendy’s social media smackdown, Part Two…

[caption id="attachment_30160" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Above is the opening of Alyssa Milano's Instagram response to Wendy's statement to CNN on the social media firestorm set off on Sunday by Amy Schumer's Instagram post calling on people to boycott Wendy's for its refusal to join the Fair Food Program. Wendy's statement began, "This is complex issue..."[/caption] Sunday Fail: Wendy's tries to leverage >> Read More
In his own words: Read Steve Hitov’s acceptance speech at ICAR’s Gwynne Skinner Human Rights Award ceremony…

In his own words: Read Steve Hitov’s acceptance speech at ICAR’s Gwynne Skinner Human Rights Award ceremony…

[caption id="attachment_30139" align="aligncenter" width="700"] The CIW's Steve Hitov speaks at last week's Gwynne Skinner Human Rights Award ceremony in Washington, DC. Hitov was the inaugural recipient of the Skinner award, given by the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) at its annual meeting in memory of the longtime advocate, advisor and leader in the fight for human rights in corporate supply >> Read More
Fabled Highlander Center burned to the ground by arsonists in Tennessee…

Fabled Highlander Center burned to the ground by arsonists in Tennessee…

[caption id="attachment_30108" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Firefighters struggle to control the flames as the Highlander Center's main office building burns to the ground in New Market, TN, on March 29th of this year. While no one was injured in the blaze, many invaluable historical records were lost. White supremacist graffiti spray-painted in the parking lot left little doubt as to who carried >> Read More
BREAKING: Longtime CIW General Counsel Steve Hitov to receive national human rights award!

BREAKING: Longtime CIW General Counsel Steve Hitov to receive national human rights award!

[caption id="attachment_30091" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Farmworkers and their allies march 234 miles from Ft. Myers, FL, to the offices of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association in Orlando in 2000. Steve Hitov, the CIW's longtime General Counsel, is pictured (beard, cap, and light blue shirt) in the upper lefthand corner of the picture, in conversation with CIW's Co-founder Lucas Benitez.[/caption] Hitov >> Read More
Follow the money: Powerful new article connects the dots between Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz and massive public employee pension funds…

Follow the money: Powerful new article connects the dots between Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz and massive public employee pension funds…

[caption id="attachment_30077" align="aligncenter" width="700"] A graphic created for a recent Truthout article lays out the connections among Wendy's Board Chair and top shareholder Nelson Peltz and several of the country's largest public employee pension funds, including the California State Teachers' Retirement System.[/caption] Truthout: "This means that public sector workers across the country have pension funds invested with a hedge fund >> Read More
BREAKING: Florida Atlantic University Student Government joins UM, UF in unanimously approving resolution to boot Wendy’s from campus!

BREAKING: Florida Atlantic University Student Government joins UM, UF in unanimously approving resolution to boot Wendy’s from campus!

[caption id="attachment_30049" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Florida Atlantic University students gather for a photo before delivering a letter to FAU President John Kelly in 2017 calling on the university to cut its contract with Wendy's. The students' continued organizing resulted in the FAU student government voting unanimously to pass a resolution in support of the "Boot the Braids" campaign demands last week.[/caption] >> Read More
BREAKING: University of Florida student government unanimously votes to Boot the Braids!

BREAKING: University of Florida student government unanimously votes to Boot the Braids!

University of Florida Student Government leaders give speakers from the UF Boot the Braids campaign a standing ovation following a presentation about the campaign on the eve of last week's massive march through the UF campus. Just days after massive march, University of Florida Student Government passes powerful, unanimous resolution in support of student-led Boot the Braids campaign! On Tuesday, >> Read More
A truly GRAND finale!…

A truly GRAND finale!…

Massive march on final day of 4 for Fair Food Tour swamps "The Swamp" in Gainesville with farmworkers, students, Fair Food activists calling on UF President Kent Fuchs to "Boot the Braids" from Florida's flagship university until Wendy's joins the Fair Food Program! Editorial published in the UF student paper, The Alligator, on the day of the march: "Hopefully, Wendy's will soon >> Read More
New York Times: “Why Wendy’s Is Facing Campus Protests (It’s About the Tomatoes)”…

New York Times: “Why Wendy’s Is Facing Campus Protests (It’s About the Tomatoes)”…

Susan L. Marquis, dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School: “They’ve already been successful in a measurable way at effectively eliminating modern-day slavery and sexual assault, and greatly reducing harassment.”  NYT: "Over the last decade, [the Fair Food Program] has helped transform the state’s tomato industry from one in which wage theft and violence were rampant to an industry with the >> Read More