BOYCOTT TACO BELL|
2002-05-04, 1:41 p.m.
Since early on in the summer there has been a nationwide campaign toBOYCOTT TACO BELL: this boycott is directly connected to The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a farmworker organization based in Immokalee, Florida, that has asked to meet with Taco Bell representatives to discuss the working and living conditions of the farmworkers who pick Taco Bell's tomatoes.
Farmworkers who pick tomatoes for the Immokalee-based "Six L's, Packing, Co., Inc.", one of the nation's largest tomato producers and a contractor for Taco Bell, are paid 40 cents for every 32-pound bucket they pick.
That is the same per bucket rate, or "piece rate", paid in 1978!
At that rate, workers must pick and haul 2 TONS of tomatoes to make $50 in a day. [According the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual income of farmworkers today is $7,500.]
Workers picking for Six L's are denied the right to organize and the right to overtime pay for overtime work. They receive no health insurance, no sick leave, no paid holidays, no paid vacation, and no pension.
Taco Bell has refused to discuss these conditions with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
Taco Bell reported system-wide sales of more than $5 billion in 1999, while Tricon, Inc., Taco Bell's parent corporation (together with Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken), reported worldwide system sales of over $22 billion last year.
Taco Bell could double the picking piece rate paid to farmworkers by agreeing to pay just one penny more per pound for the tomatoes it buys from Six L's.
We believe that Taco Bell, as part of the "world's largest restaurant system", can easily afford to pay one penny more. But even if they passed the cost on to YOU, the consumer, it would still be less than 1/4 of 1 cent more for your Chalupa.
Would you be willing to pay 1/4 of 1 penny more for your Chalupa if it meant that farmworkers could earn a living wage?
We thought you would.
Please consider the situation of the farmworkers that picked the tomatoes you will eat today and let Taco Bell know that you expect them to meet with the farmworkers' representatives. Call or write:
Emil J. Brolick
President and Chief Concept Officer
Taco Bell Corp.
17901 Von Karman
Irvine, California 92614
tel. (949) 863-4500
Your support can really help.
"Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation." - Martin Luther King, Jr.