Wal-Mart Joins Initiative on Farmworker Pay

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Wal-Mart is joining an initiative that requires its Florida tomato suppliers to increase farmworker pay, have zero tolerance for forced labor and put in place a mechanism to resolve labor disputes between growers and workers.

The step makes Wal-Mart the largest and most influential corporation to join the program promoted by the Florida-based Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a major farmworkers' group.

Officials with the nation's largest retailer announced its participation in the Fair Food Program on Thursday at a ceremony on a farm near the southwest Florida town of Immokalee.

Coalition farmworkers say they welcome Wal-Mart to the program since no other company has the market strength and consumer reach that Wall-Mart has.

Wal-Mart joins almost a dozen other corporations, including Yum Brands and McDonalds, in the initiative.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 240603271