Immokalee farm workers kick off Wendy's boycott

Farm workers ask for human rights protections

Naples, Fla. -
 
Dozens of Immokalee farm workers kicked off a "month of outrage" at a Naples Wendy's Sunday to call for a boycott of the fast food chain. 
 
The farm workers were led by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers; a group that works to provide humane wages and human rights protections for farm workers. 
 
"The people of Naples need to hear that Wendy's keeps ignoring the voice of the worker," said Leo, an farm worker of over 10 years.  
 
He is one of countless Immokalee farm workers asking Wendy's to agree to a one-cent wage increase and human rights protections. A commitment the company would make by signing on to the Fair Food Program (FFP). 
 
"Workers don't have a fair wage, so with the program we want to be able to achieve a fair wage for workers," said Leo.
 
Wendy's is the only major fast food chain that has refused to join the program.
 
"They tend to have to pick 2.5 tons each day to make minimum wage, and a penny a pound would make a huge difference for them," said Mary Pautz, coalition of Immokalee workers volunteer. 
 
 
For 15 years Pautz has been among those fighting to eliminate the abuse farmers face in the fields. 
 
"Their condition's are very bad and they don't have justice. There's sexual abuse in the fields, said Pautz." 
 
It's a David versus Goliath scale fight these workers say they wont put down, until their wages go up. 
 
A plate of food can be incredibly satisfying but what is more satisfying is knowing that, that food was picked where human rights are respected," said Lupe Gonzalo, farm worker. 
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