McDonald's farmworker raise fought by...

McDonald's farmworker raise fought by growers

There are 2 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 6, 2007, titled McDonald's farmworker raise fought by growers. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

McDonald's Corp.'s high-profile deal to raise wages for Florida tomato pickers appears to have run into a major obstacle: Florida's tomato farmers.

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Mark

San Jose, CA

#1 Nov 6, 2007
If I were McDonalds or Yum Brands I would pay the projected amount of money to the pickers union so they could pay it as strike pay. Then I would announce that non-fair-wage tomatoes would no longer be purchased by the company. The growers union waited until the last minute to increase their leverage but it would totally backfire since even a short strike now will result in the whole crop of tomatoes rotting on the vine.

Since: Oct 07

Crestone, CO

#2 Nov 7, 2007
As both McDonald's and Yum! Brands are offering to pay more for the tomatoes they buy, it is likely some growers are willing to pay a fair wage in order to get a better price. Maybe someday there won't be much of a market for tomatoes picked at substandard wages.

Fred Bauder

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