s skippy the bush kangaroo: corporate greed on a sesame seed bun

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Friday, November 30, 2007

corporate greed on a sesame seed bun

one penny more. just a single penny more. can't the burger king ceo (mr. john w. chidsey , 43 - $2.35mil a year) even chip in that?
the migrant farm workers who harvest tomatoes in south florida have one of the nation’s most backbreaking jobs. for 10 to 12 hours a day, they pick tomatoes by hand, earning a piece-rate of about 45 cents for every 32-pound bucket. during a typical day each migrant picks, carries and unloads two tons of tomatoes. for their efforts, this holiday season many of them are about to get a 40 percent pay cut.

...this month the florida tomato growers exchange, representing 90 percent of the state’s growers, announced that it will not allow any of its members to collect the extra penny for farm workers. reggie brown, the executive vice president of the group, described the surcharge for poor migrants as “pretty much near un-american.” migrant farm laborers have long been among america’s most impoverished workers. perhaps 80 percent of the migrants in florida are illegal immigrants and thus especially vulnerable to abuse. during the past decade, the united states justice department has prosecuted half a dozen cases of slavery among farm workers in florida. migrants have been driven into debt, forced to work for nothing and kept in chained trailers at night.

...now the florida tomato growers exchange has threatened a fine of $100,000 for any grower who accepts an extra penny per pound for migrant wages. the organization claims that such a surcharge would violate “federal and state laws related to antitrust, labor and racketeering.”- nytimes
yeah...i can see why there are so many "americans" lining up for jobs like this. let's send tencredo down and put him to some real work.

i would stand outside a burger king to protest, but i would probably be labeled as a "terrorist" under the "animal enterprise terrorism act" if only we could get the "subservient chicken" to get these greedy folks to do the right thing.

(oh...typed in the command on subservient chicken...and i think he laughed.)

the ethicurean has more...here.

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1 Comments:

Gah. Discouraging. But thanks for highlighting it.
commented by Blogger Batocchio, 11:03 AM PST  

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