A call for support to farm workers

This letter was forwarded to me by Alternet as part of their newsfeed:

Dear Friend,

Tell Burger King to improve
farmworker wages.
Farmworkers who pick tomatoes for Burger King earn 40 to 50 cents for every 32-pound bucket of tomatoes they pick, a rate that has not risen significantly in nearly 30 years. Workers who labor from dawn to dusk must pick two tons of tomatoes to earn $50 in one day. Recently, McDonalds and others have agreed to higher wages for these workers, but Burger King has not.

Tell Burger King to improve farmworker wages.

McDonald's and other fast-food chains, including Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, have committed to increasing wages and enforcing better working conditions in the fields. But Burger King—the second-largest hamburger chain in the world—has so far refused to work with farmworkers to improve wages for those who pick their tomatoes.

Please tell Burger King to join with McDonald's and others in improving farmworker wages.

Thank you for supporting poor farmers both here and abroad.

Sincerely,

Tim Fullerton
Oxfam America

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