Wednesday, April 11, 2007

A penny a pound more for Immokalee workers, plus a little dignity.

So a scrappy band of tomato pickers from Florida took on the world's largest fast-food company and won. They demanded that McDonald's pay them a penny more per pound of the tomatoes they pick, and that they get some basic working conditions protected. It took two years, but they did it.

Change is possible. If you had told these folks to give it up, they probably would have told you that they don't have time for that bullshit, because they have work to do.

And they did it. These are proud people, and they know they're worth more than their meager incomes.

In that spirit, the Illinois Labor History Society is planning a May Day action on Tuesday, May 1 at 11:00 am at the Haymarket Memorial (on Des Plaines Ave. between Randolph and Lake).

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