Food Chain Workers (Part 2): What movements are already advancing justice for those who feed us?
Continuing with reflections on food chain workers (See Day 4), we invite you to find out if there are worker campaigns in your community that are fighting for fair wages and humane working conditions.
Here are a few examples:
You can take a look at the Worker-Driven Social Responsibility Network. This network is responsible for expanding the WSR model around the globe, in which worker-led solutions are creating accountability and more equitable distribution of wealth and power.
Would you pay a penny more for farm worker rights? The Coalition of Immokalee Workers in Florida has transformed the tomato industry from one of modern day slavery to one of the safest workplaces in the world under their Fair Food program. Currently they have a campaign against Wendy’s to pay a penny more to create a difference in farm workers lives. Maybe you can help with this campaign or something like it close to home.
The Milk with Dignity campaign coordinated by Migrant Justice/Justicia Migrante in Vermont is designed to support farmers and farmworkers by having big companies pay down the supply chain to create better housing and working conditions for workers, and also support farms to stay open by providing a premium for the milk. Ben & Jerry’s has done it. Who might sign up next?
The restaurant industry is known as being one of the most abusive industries in our country. Take look at the work of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United which is fighting to improve wages and working conditions for the thirteen million people who work in America’s restaurants.
Also take another look at the Food Chain Workers Alliance for updates on actions happening around the country that are led by and supporting workers in various parts of our food chain.
What are your thoughts and feelings as you learn about these movements for justice and dignity? What might you commit to doing to support workers?