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2010-04-01 09:13:00

IMMOKALEE, Fla., April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Responding to an escalating campaign waged by students across the country, Aramark has agreed to work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to directly improve farmworker wages and working conditions in the tomato fields of Florida. The agreement comes a year into the Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA)'s "Dine with Dignity" campaign, which calls on major food service providers to take responsibility for the human rights crisis and...

2009-11-16 15:40:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- America's workers suffer more workplace injury and illness than employers report, and medical professionals are under pressure from employers to misdiagnose and under-treat work-related health conditions, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report confirms what workers and worker advocacy organizations have known for a long time -- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics do not reflect the...

2009-09-25 10:56:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Compass Group North America and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) are proud to announce a partnership that will improve the working conditions of agricultural workers who harvest fresh tomatoes grown in Florida. The Immokalee region is the heart of the Florida tomato industry which provides 95% of all U.S. grown tomatoes eaten by Americans from October to June. As part of the agreement, Compass Group will pay an additional 1.5 cents per pound for...

2009-08-10 15:05:00

9 farms and 17 farm labor contractors cited for violating federal laws RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has fined nine farms and 17 farm labor contractors doing business in Bladen and Craven counties, N.C., for violating federal labor law, including employing children as young as eight years old as farm laborers. The investigation is part of the agency's ongoing agricultural initiative aimed at protecting the rights of...

2009-06-18 11:18:00

WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farmworker unions, support groups, and worker advocacy organizations today asked Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to stop the pesticide poisoning of farmworker communities and uphold the Obama administration's commitment to environmental justice. Citing a long EPA history of "inhumane neglect of toxic pesticide effects on farmworker community health," the groups asked the Administrator to amend a recent May 2009...

2009-04-28 21:22:00

Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Bon Appetit Management Company Build Innovative New Model for Fair Labor Standards in Florida's Tomato Fields Bon Appetit Management Company becomes the first food service company to establish game-changing fair labor requirements that integrate: minimum fair wage, worker empowerment stipulations, and incentives to growers who exceed minimum requirements of the agreement. PALO ALTO, Calif. and IMMOKALEE, Fla., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A Florida tomato...

2009-04-17 14:55:00

Change to Win Health and Safety Coordinator Eric Frumin Available For Comment TRENTON, N.J., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Change to Win Health and Safety coordinator Eric Frumin will be available for comment before and after the scheduled sentencing hearing. WHAT: Four NJ-based executives of the Birmingham, AL-based McWane Corp. are scheduled for sentencing in Federal District court after a 30-count conviction on conspiracy, obstructing a federal investigation, and environmental violations....

2009-04-02 12:53:00

On eve of Farmworker Awareness Week, Florida's highest-ranking politician joins ranks of supporters calling for human rights in Florida's fields IMMOKALEE, Fla., April 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As communities across the country come together to recognize the struggles faced by the workers who harvest this country's fruits and vegetables, the Coalition of Immokalee Worker's (CIW) Campaign for Fair Food adds another powerful supporter to the call for a more modern and humane agricultural...

2009-04-01 15:38:00

MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Residents of 25 states and three other countries will take a stand against the sexual exploitation of farmworker women and other low-wage female immigrant workers in April as part of the "Bandana Project," a partnership between the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and community groups, universities and other advocacy organizations to raise awareness and educate these women about their rights. The Bandana Project is a national...

2009-03-31 09:30:00

First Environmental/Worker Health Shareholder Resolution From College Endowment Prompts Action By Nation's Largest Potato Buyer WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Responding to shareholder concerns, McDonald's Corporation has agreed to formally survey and promote best practices in pesticide use reduction within its American potato supply chain. As the largest buyer of potatoes in the U.S., McDonald's commitment will support progress on this important issue, which affects the...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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