Group pickets Trader Joe’s over Florida labor practices

Demonstrators gathered outside Trader Joe's. Photo: William Newton

A group of protestors demonstrated outside Trader Joe’s on University Avenue on Saturday to encourage the chain to pressure Florida tomato growers into treating their workers more fairly.

Tomato pickers in Florida are among the poorest in the country, and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has successfully waged campaigns against Taco Bell and McDonalds to get them to sign a “fair food agreement.” The coalition is holding actions in California this month to get Trader Joe’s to demand more humane labor standards from their Florida tomato growers.

Frances Dinkelspiel is co-founder and executive editor of Cityside. Email: frances@citysidejournalism.org.