Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Farm workers for McDonalds- where is our penny?
In these days where every penny counts, and the company that serves how many billion?
US (FL): Farm workers sue McDonald’s
A group of farm workers who harvested tomatoes in Florida is suing McDonald’s Corp., alleging the fast-food restaurant company failed to pay an additional penny per pound for Florida tomatoes supplied to U.S. restaurants. Filed Oct. 4 in Hillsborough County circuit court, the complaint refers to an April 2007 agreement between McDonald’s and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Under the agreement, the company through its produce suppliers agreed to pay another penny per pound for Florida tomatoes, starting in the 2007 growing season, with the increase being paid directly to farm workers harvesting the tomatoes, according to the complaint.
The workers’ coalition and the company struck the deal as workers planned a cross-country bus tour to protest at McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill. The lawsuit alleges that McDonald’s failed to pay the plaintiffs and others who harvested tomatoes in Florida between September 2007 and December 2010 the additional penny per pound. The lawsuit, which has 16 plaintiffs and seeks class-action status, did not specify a total amount of workers alleging they are due under the agreement. A spokesperson for McDonald’s did not immediately respond to a request for comment.