WASHINGTON – May 23, 2008 – The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Burger King Corp. (NYSE:BKC) today announced plans to work together to improve wages and working conditions for the farmworkers who harvest tomatoes for the BURGER KING® system in Florida.
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BURGER KING CAMPAIGN COMES TO AN END WITH HISTORIC PRESS CONFERENCE, SIGNING CEREMONY AT U.S. CAPITOLMay 23rd, 2008
UPDATE 5/29: Editorial Support Strong for New CIW/BK Agreement!… See all the latest media here! Video excerpts from the press conference Exclusive photo report from the press conference Click here for the joint press release Editorial: “What’s with the farmers,” Palm Beach Post, 5/28/08 Editorial: “News reporting advanced justice,” Ft. Myers News-Press, 5/28/08 Editorial: “Coalition of Immokalee Workers,” Palm Beach Post, 6/1/08 Editorial: “At last Burger King does the right thing,” St. Petersburg Times, 6/2/08 “Farmworkers get a Whopper of a win,” Creative Loafing (Tampa Bay, FL), 6/1/08 More media coverage of the agreement: New York Times, “Burger King Grants […]
God’s concern for the poor is at the heart of our Christian ethic of economic justice. Our biblical heritage teaches us that caring for the poor, the least, the orphaned, the widowed, and the stranger are central to our understanding of God’s mercy and our willingness to welcome Christ among us. As people who follow the example of Jesus by lifting up the image of table as a primary understanding of Christian life, fellowship, and stewardship, we must humbly acknowledge and confess that those who harvest the bounty of food for our tables are often unable to feed their own families due to unjust wage structures.
As news broke of Burger King’s decision to fire two highly-placed executives for their roles in the dual scandals that have rocked the fast-food giant in the past several weeks, calls continued for an independent inquiry aimed at finding out, "how far up the corporate ladder this scheme went." In an Associated Press article entitled, "Burger King fires 2 over executive’s secret blog criticizing farm worker’s group," Burger King also announced that it would discontinue its use of Diplomatic Tactical Services, "a private investigation firm whose president allegedly posed as a student activist to infiltrate the farmworker group and its […]
Continuing coverage into the widening Burger King scandal has uncovered public statements by BK CEO John Chidsey similar to those that landed BK vice president Steven Grover in hot water when he was discovered to have been behind a series of anonymous internet attacks on the CIW. Here’s some of the latest coverage: "Invasions of Privacy," the Nation, 5/11/08 "Burger King locked in dispute with farmworkers," National Public Radio, 5/8/08 (with audio) "Activists out Burger King dirty tricks operation," the Independent, 5/9/08 (UK) Here’s an excerpt from the Nation article: "… As recently as October, Chidsey delivered a lecture at […]
(New York Times illustration) With a powerful new op/ed published in today’s New York Times, entitled "Burger With a Side of Spies," award-winning investigative author Eric Schlosser takes the spreading "spygate" scandal to a new level. Schlosser reports that Burger King executives not only confirmed to him that the fast-food giant hired the private security firm "Diplomatic Tactical Services" to spy on the Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA), but that Burger King CEO John Chidsey (right) knew about the company’s use of the firm, whose owner, Cara Schaffer, was denied a private investigator’s license by the state of Florida. EXPLOSIVE NEW OP/ED […]
CIW, ALLIES DELIVER 85,000 SIGNATURES TO BK HEADQUARTERS IN PETITION TO END SLAVERY AND SWEATSHOPS IN THE FIELDSApril 28th, 2008
After weeks of gathering petition signatures in communities across the country, CIW members and allies prepared to deliver their urgent message of reform to Burger King headquarters in Miami.
Media Advisory: FARMWORKERS, CONCERNED CONSUMERS TO DELIVER PETITIONS MONDAY AT BURGER KING HEADQUARTERSApril 24th, 2008
CONTACT: Lucas Benitez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, 239-503-0133 Julia Perkins, CIW, 239-986-0891 Marc Rodrigues, Student Farmworker Alliance, 239-292-3431 Petition delivery comes in wake of Senate hearing into labor abuse and modern-day slavery in Florida tomato fields, revelations of “dirty tricks” campaign tied to Burger King MIAMI, FL – Saying they are “prepared to stop patronizing Burger King,” tens of thousands of consumers will make their voices heard at Burger King headquarters in Miami this coming Monday, April 28th, as a delegation of farmworkers and consumers delivers the initial results from a nationwide petition drive calling on the fast-food giant […]
Senate hearing, dirty tricks continue to make headlines, editorial pages… Need some motivation to get those last few hundred signatures on the petition in your community? First, click here for a full report and exclusive photos from the historic Senate hearing. Then, check out the opinion pieces and the NPR story below for a shot of righteous indignation to get your motor running: Read the Miami Herald op/ed penned by three US senators (Senators Dick Durbin, Bernie Sanders, and Sherrod Brown), "We must treat farmworkers fairly," from 4/21 here Read the Bradenton Herald editorial, "Pickers merit penny," from 4/18 here […]
CAUGHT RED HANDED! New article ties campaign of dirty tricks to Burger King… Click here to listen to the Democracy Now radio report from 4/14/08 on this breaking story! Read this scorching editorial from the Ft. Myers News-Press, "Burger King should wise up," 4/16/08, as well as this broader analysis from PR Watch of corporate espionage and the threat it poses to civil society, "A Bad Week for Corporate Spies," 4/14/08. In a development sure to make waves in the growing Petition Campaign to End Slavery and Sweatshops in the Fields, a new article published in Sunday’s Ft. Myers News […]
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COALITION OF IMMOKALEE WORKERS
P.O. Box 603
Immokalee, FL 34143
Phone: (239) 657-8311
Fax: (239) 657-5055
Email: workers (at) ciw-online.org