This space is dedicated to the proposition that we need to know the history of the struggles on the left and of earlier progressive movements here and world-wide. If we can learn from the mistakes made in the past (as well as what went right) we can move forward in the future to create a more just and equitable society. We will be reviewing books, CDs, and movies we believe everyone needs to read, hear and look at as well as making commentary from time to time. Greg Green, site manager
Today they are ready to remind then-Taco
Bell CEO/now-Wendy’s CEO Emil Brolick of his words on that historic
that Florida tomato workers do not enjoy the same rights and conditions as
employees in other industries, and there is a need for reform. We have indicated
that any solution must be industry-wide…”
When the CIW secured its first-ever Fair Food agreement with Taco
Bell’s parent company Yum Brands in March, 2005 it marked the beginning of a
process that led, in just five short years, to the launch of the Fair Food
Program, a program that today is setting the global standard for the protection
of human rights in corporate supply chains. It has been an extraordinary
journey, the first step of which was taken nine years ago on a cold, cloudy day
in Louisville (right).
Outside of Immokalee itself, there is arguably no community in the country
that should be more proud of that landmark victory than that of Louisville’s
Fair Food activists. Louisville’s diverse, committed, and relentless group of
faith, student, and labor allies pressed their neighbors at Yum Brands
headquarters until they did the right thing and set new standards for the
protection of human rights that the rest of the fast-food industry leaders would
have to meet in the coming years.
The rest of the fast-food industry leaders with the exception of Wendy’s,
Don't miss Louisville's full Fair Food story at
the CIW website!