US (OH): Students protest against Wendy's tomato-sourcing

The Student/Farmworker Alliance, along with farmworkers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, will participate in a march for the national “Boot the Braids” campaign in protest of Wendy’s on Friday.

The protesters claim that Wendy's alternative to the Fair Food Program is not working and that the tomatoes are being bought from farms where force labor and physical abuse are common.

Earlier a program created by a group that organizes farmworkers has persuaded companies like Walmart and McDonald’s to buy their tomatoes from growers who follow strict labor standards. 

The march will begin at noon at Goodale Park and will feature speakers from the CIW based in Immokalee, Florida, where Wendy’s sources it tomatoes. Around 1 p.m., an expected 800 students and workers will march down High Street for 2 miles and have a picket outside Wendy’s. They will finish the march with a protest outside Bricker Hall.

The purpose of the march is to tell the university to end its contracts with Wendy’s after the fast-food chain has refused to sign on to the Fair Food Program.

The FFP is a partnership among farmers, farmworkers and retail food companies that ensures humane wages and working conditions for the workers who pick fruits and vegetables on participating farms. The FFP’s wants major contractors provide a Fair Food Code of Conduct for the tomato growers they hire in Florida.

Read more at The Lantern (Reggie Thomas)

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