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Labor Solidarity: The Taco Bell Truth Tour Comes to Chicago

Taco Bell Truth Tour[permalink] For the past three years, farmworkers from Immokalee, FL and their allies have crossed the country, carrying the truth about the sweatshop conditions behind the tomatoes in Taco Bell's products to communities from Tallahassee to San Francisco. Each year, the CIW's Truth Tours have culminated in major actions -- including a 10-day hunger strike in 2003 and a three-day march in 2004 -- outside of Taco Bell's global headquarters in Irvine, California.

But this year, the 2005 Taco Bell Truth Tour is bringing the truth about farmworker poverty to the home of fast-food profits, Yum Brands Inc., the parent company of Taco Bell. As major buyers of Florida tomatoes, Taco Bell and Yum Brands have the opportunity, and the responsibility, to influence the way workers are treated in their suppliers' operations. Yet after more than three years of a strong and growing national boycott, Yum Brands still refuses to take concrete, measurable steps to address the brutal labor conditions in its tomato supply chain -- conditions that include sub-poverty annual wages, no right to overtime, no right to organize, a per bucket piece rate that hasn't changed significantly since 1978, no sick leave, no health insurance, and no benefits whatsoever.

Support for the boycott is expanding at a rapid pace across the country, particularly on college campuses, where the Student/Farmworker Alliance's "Boot the Bell" campaign has become one of the fastest growing movements for social justice today. Most recently, UCLA and the University of Notre Dame have moved to end their relationships with Taco Bell in response to student support for the boycott. They join 18 other schools in an unprecedented wave of student-led activism, demanding that Taco Bell clean up human rights abuses in its supply chain if it is to do business on their campuses.

The 2005 Taco Bell Truth Tour is coming to Chicago on March 4th and 5th and needs your support and participation. Read More. Update: VICTORY for CIW!

Related Links:Coalition of Immokalee Workers | Student/Farmworker Alliance | 2005 Taco Bell Truth Tour




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