• Petitioned Mark Codd

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Publix Supermarkets
Mark Codd
Publix Supermarkets
Ed Crenshaw

Publix: Support farmworker mothers

    1. Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
    2. Petition by

      Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)

      Immokalee, FL

Farmworkers have long faced brutal conditions in the tomato fields of Florida: sub-poverty wages, wage theft, physical abuse and, in the most extreme cases, modern-day slavery.

Women and mothers who work in the fields face additional burdens that compound these difficulties. Verbal abuse. Sexual abuse. The inability to spend time with one’s children because such dismal wages require constant work — even on holidays, like Mother’s Day.

Click here to watch a brief, must-see video of farmworker mother Nely Rodriguez delivering a powerful tribute to those realities — half-way through a six-day fast for change.

Fortunately, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) — an internationally-recognized farmworker organization — has reached groundbreaking agreements with ten multi-billion dollar food retailers, including McDonald's, Subway and Trader Joe’s, now participants of the Fair Food Program. Tens of thousands of farmworkers are benefiting from a worker-designed code of conduct in the fields and a penny-per-pound pay increase — the first real increase in thirty years.

But Florida-based Publix Supermarkets, which touts itself for its concern for families, refuses to participate.

That’s why mothers are coming together — from both ends of the supply chain. Farmworker mothers and consumer mothers, bound by their universal desire to provide for their families, are uniting their voices to invite Publix to become a part of a solution that is already well underway — a solution that allows mothers to do their job, and to do it with dignity.

“On Mother's Day, we ask that you, Publix executives, recognize our affliction and the necessity of just wages for us as farmworkers, who as mothers are responsible for feeding our children," said Immokalee mother Carmen Esquivel.

Rev. Tricia Dillon Thomas, a Publix customer, advocates for the Fair Food Campaign.  "As a mother it is important to me that the food I put on the table is planted and harvested while maintaining farmworker dignity.  I cannot very well ask the Lord to bless the food and forget the farmworker."

The CIW's Fair Food Program guarantees long-awaited respect and protection within the workplace. Both those who harvest Publix's produce and those who consume it deem it time for Publix to join.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Mary Leone VENICE, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Because I was a single working mother.

    • Lindy Dorer Dean VINCENT, AL
      • about 2 years ago

      Because we've seen the affects of what not having fair treatment of workers does to the dignity of a person. It is inhumane!

    • Stan Andrews CHARLOTTE, ME
      • about 2 years ago

      it's only right, e.g. justice for tomato picking

    • simone baryliuk PORT CHARLOTTE, CANADA
      • about 2 years ago

      I have stopped shopping at Publix, and would like to return, but only when they act with justice for farmworkers.

    • William Murray NOKOMIS, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Their working conditions are horrific. Yes, minorities have always been subjugated and abused; whether it was the black or Hispanic population. Greed will always take advantage of those less fortunate.

      Bill .


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