Farmworkers Fast Outside Publix Headquarters in Lakeland

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) —  Florida farmworkers and their supporters are staging a fast outside Publix Super Markets headquarters in Lakeland.

The fast organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers started Monday and will last through Saturday.

The coalition wants Publix to join a program that supports pay increases for tomato pickers and prevents human rights violations against farmworkers.

Whole Foods Market, McDonald’s and other larger corporate buyers of Florida tomatoes have joined the program.

A spokeswoman for Publix says the company is willing to pay the extra money for the tomatoes but that the issue is between farmworkers and growers. Shannon Patten says the super market chain doesn’t get involved in disputes between outside employers and their workers.

But coalition spokesman Marc Rodrigues says Publix wouldn’t be doing that by joining the program.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Tampa

It's a Date | October 2017Our beautiful Bay Area is constantly buzzing with activity. Every weekend seems to bring a new adventure. It's a Date! is our monthly calendar created to help you keep up with everything Tampa Bay has to offer!
Best Party Beaches Around Tampa BayIt's illegal to drink alcohol on most of Tampa Bay's beaches - unless you know about these next six locations.

Listen Live