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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:16 AM
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Oxfam: Please tell Burger King to join with McDonald's and others in improving farmworker wages
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 11:33 AM by Douglas Carpenter
Letter from Oxfam:

"December 14, 2007

Dear Friend,

Tell Burger King to improve farmworker wages.

Farmworkers who pick tomatoes for Burger King earn 40 to 50 cents for every 32-pound bucket of tomatoes they pick, a rate that has not risen significantly in nearly 30 years. Workers who labor from dawn to dusk must pick two tons of tomatoes to earn $50 in one day. Recently, McDonalds and others have agreed to higher wages for these workers, but Burger King has not.

Tell Burger King to improve farmworker wages.

link: http://act.oxfamamerica.org/campaign/burgerking_an

McDonald's and other fast-food chains, including Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, have committed to increasing wages and enforcing better working conditions in the fields. But Burger Kingthe second-largest hamburger chain in the worldhas so far refused to work with farmworkers to improve wages for those who pick their tomatoes.

Please tell Burger King to join with McDonald's and others in improving farmworker wages.

Thank you for supporting poor farmers both here and abroad.

Sincerely,

Tim Fullerton
Oxfam America

link:

http://act.oxfamamerica.org/campaign/burgerking_an "


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And this from the progressive Progressive Christian organization -

Sojourners -- link:

http://go.sojo.net/campaign/burgerking_scrooge /


"A few months ago, we asked you to send messages to Burger King, asking them to join McDonald's and Taco Bell in increasing the sub-poverty wages of Florida tomato pickers.

Almost 20,000 of you responded, but Burger King's behavior has only gotten worse. Not only have they failed to heed the faith community's call to improve wages and working conditions for tomato pickers - they're working to undermine the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' existing agreements with other fast-food chains!

This Christmas season, tell Burger King to stop being a Scrooge and start paying farm workers fair wages.

As Eric Schlosser, author of Fast-Food Nation, explained in the New York Times:

The migrant farm workers who harvest tomatoes in South Florida have one of the nation's most backbreaking jobs. For 10 to 12 hours a day, they pick tomatoes by hand, earning a piece-rate of about 45 cents for every 32-pound bucket. During a typical day each migrant picks, carries, and unloads two tons of tomatoes.
Yum! Brands (owner of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and KFC) and McDonald's had agreed to pay a penny more per pound to increase wages by 70 percent per bucket, but this holiday season workers aren't receiving the increase. Why? Because Burger King has refused to pay the extra penny ...

and its refusal has encouraged tomato growers to cancel the deals already struck with Taco Bell and McDonald's. This month the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange, representing 90 percent of the state's growers, announced that it will not allow any of its members to collect the extra penny for farm workers.
A Burger King spokesman responded, "Florida growers have a right to run their businesses how they see fit" - apparently, even if that means putting profits ahead of justice and dignity for their workers.

Meanwhile, on Wall Street, Goldman Sachs - a major shareholder in Burger King, with two representatives on the board of directors - is preparing to pay holiday bonuses. Last year, Goldman Sach's top 12 executives received more than $200 million in bonuses - more than twice the annual earnings of 10,000 Florida tomato pickers.

Send a Message top Burger King now:

link:

http://go.sojo.net/campaign/burgerking_scrooge /

As we read of such injustices in this time of Advent, we reflect upon God's justice and mercy, as described in the words of Mary:

has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty (Luke 1:52-53).

Advent reminds us that God intends well-being for all, not just some. We hope you'll join us in taking action.

Blessings,

Elizabeth, Ryan, Duane, and the rest of the team at Sojourners

P.S. We need Burger King to hear loud and clear that it is time to ensure fair wages for tomato pickers. Can you please share this message with at least five of your friends, members of your family, or congregation?

Quote source: Eric Schlosser, "Penny Foolish." The New York Times, 11/29/2007. "

link to send a message to Burger King:

http://go.sojo.net/campaign/burgerking_scrooge /


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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:17 AM
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1. Absolutely. Would a penny per pound really raise the price of your burger?
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walnutpie Donating Member (117 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:28 PM
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5. Does MacDonalds even use tomatoes?
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:28 AM
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2. Here in California, Burger King is offering a super special
really cheap huge hamburgers. I guess they are going to show those tomato pickers who's boss even if it hurts their bottom line and cuts into the shareholder's profits.
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 11:34 AM
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3. please consider kicking and recommending this thread ....thanx
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:19 PM
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 04:11 PM
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-07 04:04 AM
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