Jobs with Justice of East Tennesse Letter to Burger King Manager

1124 North Broadway
Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

Burger King
2806 North Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917

Dear Sir:

Jobs With Justice of East Tennessee is a coalition of grassroots communiity groups, students, churches, and labor unions that advocates for worker rights and economic justice. We are demonstrating at your place of business in support of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ efforts to improve the wages and working conditions of Florida tomato pickers who supply tomatoes to Burger King and other fast food businesses.

The executive leadership of McDonalds and Taco Bell have agreed to improve the wages of farm workers who labor in their supply chains. But Burger King’s executives have refused to do so and in fact have actively sought to undermine the agreement reached with other fast food chains.

Patricipants in our demonstration are Knoxville citizens who are dismayed at Burger King’s resistance to the just demands of farm workers laboring in their supply chain for fair wages after 28 years of no wage increases. We will continue to call Burger King’s socially irresponsible behavior to public attention until it follows the lead of McDonalds and Taco Bell.

We believe that local franchise owners and local management have considerable influence with corporate leaders. We therefore urge you to use that influence to help persuade Burger King executives to act positively to improve the wages and working conditions of Florida tomato pickers.

Yours sincerely,


David Linge                                                    Kathy Mays
JWJET Co-Chair                                             JWJET Co-Chair