Victory! For CIW and Farmworkers Everywhere!

Chipotle Mexican Grill and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a farmworker-based human rights organization, have reached an agreement that makes Chipotle the 11th company to commit to sustainable food through the CIW's Fair Food Program.  The agreement comes in advance of the winter tomato-growing season, when most of the nation's tomatoes come from growers in Florida.

 

The Coalition is a membership-led farmworker organization of mostly Latino, Haitian and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida. Their Campaign for Fair Food seeks to improve wages and working conditions for Florida tomato pickers by calling on major buyers of tomatoes to pay a premium of one penny more per pound for their tomatoes, and ensure that this penny is passed down directly to farmworkers.

The agreement also binds growers to protocols and a code of conduct that explicitly include a voice for workers in health and safety issues, worker-to-worker education on the new protections under the code, and a complaint resolution procedure which workers can use without fear of retaliation.  The Program also provides for independent third party audits to ensure compliance.

 

Chipotle becomes the 11th company to join the CIW's Fair Food Program, which is designed to create a sustainable tomato industry through respect for the rights and concerns of all involved. CRLN's Marcela Hernandez and Celeste Larkin (featured in picture) as well as CRLN Member Tom Broderick were humbled by the opportunity to participate in the campaign by confronting Chipotle's chefs about their company's policies during Chicago's Cultivate Fest in September.