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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...

2009-03-30 10:29:00

Students to food service provider industry: 'If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.' IMMOKALEE, Fla., March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) has launched the "Dining with Dignity" campaign to educate and mobilize students across the U.S. about the role of food service provider industry leaders Aramark, Compass (and its subsidiary Chartwells) and Sodexo in perpetuating farmworker poverty and human rights abuses. The SFA is calling on...

2009-03-24 09:32:00

MAITLAND, Fla., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida farmers have launched a new foundation to benefit farmworkers, announcing today an initial round of $160,000 in funding for three programs related to child care, health care and education for the farmworker community in South Florida. For its inaugural projects, the Farmworker Community Support Foundation has chosen to work with Collier Health Services and the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, both in Immokalee, and with Homestead-based...

2009-03-06 09:03:00

Immokalee Workers to Stage Theater Re-enacting Slavery Case on Steps of Old Capitol, Deliver Petitions to Governor Crist TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers: (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090306/DC80031) WHO: Farmworker members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers; religious, student, human rights, and community leaders from across the country. WHAT: Members of the CIW will travel to...

2009-02-20 14:16:04

The recent salmonella outbreak linked to 575 illnesses and eight deaths across 43 states was shown to come from a dirty peanut processing plant in Georgia. And while it is essential for food processing plants to be clean and sanitary, Temple public health professor Jennifer Ibrahim, Ph.D., says officials need to consider other possible sources of illness."Right now, all of the focus is on the state of the peanut processing plant, but no one is really looking at the bigger picture "”...

2009-02-06 10:09:00

Women may soon outnumber men in the U.S. workforce for the first time, U.S. Labor Department statistics show. Women were employed at 49.1 percent of the non-farm jobs in the United States, The New York Times reported Friday. Using data that include farm workers and self-employed wage earners, women make up 47.1 percent of the workforce, the Times said. But the recession and general employment trends have hastened the possibility that women may overtake men in employment figures. While layoffs...