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Here in the U.S., food is on our minds as many prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. We’re proud to be part of a coalition that has declared the week of November 19-25 International Food Workers Week, a time to reflect on and appreciate the many hands and hard work that make our meals possible.

Food workers all along the food chain face many perils. Agricultural work is some of the most dangerous work in the world and farmworkers are at risk of accidents, injuries, pesticide poisoning, and heat-related illness. While there is often the impression that workers in the U.S. are protected by strong labor laws, that’s not always the case for farmworkers. Weak rules, lax enforcement, and discrimination mean that farmworkers may lack proper equipment and other protections, and most states exempt farmworkers from minimum wage requirements and other laws that benefit workers in other sectors.

As food moves along the food chain, the picture for food workers doesn’t look much better. The 2016 report No Piece of the Pie highlights the racism, sexism, low wages, food insecurity, and risk of illness and injury faced by workers in the processing, manufacturing, distribution, retail, and restaurant sectors of the food chain. The report documents workers who are routinely exposed to chemicals, work in both hot and cold temperature extremes—both as low as the 50s and as high as the 90s—do not get paid for sick days, face frequent sexual harassment from customers and coworkers, yet routinely earn on average $10/hour for difficult and dangerous work.

This week especially we remember and celebrate food workers, both their contributions to the food on our table and the struggle for better pay and conditions.

Food workers are resisting. Food workers are asking for safer conditions, better pay, more protections from discriminations, harassment, and deportation. But they need our help.

The good news is that two pieces of legislation have already been introduced that could have a huge positive impact on workers:

  • A ban on the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos would protect all of us: farmworkers who are routinely exposed to this chemical in fields, children in farming areas, drinking water, and consumers exposed to residue on common foods like corn, oranges, and strawberries. Tell your Senators you support this ban!

 

If you want to learn more about food workers or find a local action to support, you can also check out the International Food Workers Week website.

The people who grow, harvest, process, prepare, sell, and serve our food will always play a vital role in our lives. Now it’s time to make sure their pay and working conditions reflect that!

Click to Take Action: Tell Congress you support this important piece of legislation…
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53 Responses

11/20/2017

The Raise the Wage Act of 2017 would increase the federal minimum wage to $15/hour for all workers. I support this important piece of legislation that would benefit millions of low-wage food workers.

11/20/2017

Protect the health of good workers. The nourish us!

11/20/2017

I support legislation benefitting low-wage food workers. Thank you!

11/20/2017

Workers wages and their safety is most important. Consumers should not have their food contaminated with chemicals.

11/20/2017

No chemicals in our food!!!

11/20/2017

Your Comments
Food is basic. We need to assure our workers are paid well and kept healthy working in non-toxic environments. Grow ORGANIC.

11/20/2017

Ban chlorpyrifos which harms agricultural workers, people who eat the poisoned food, and our environment!

11/20/2017

Beyond providing a decent living wage for the sake of living a more comfortable life, a decent wage will enable the earner to purchase more, pumping money back into the economy. It’s a win win.

11/20/2017

I support better protections for food workers

11/20/2017

We need a more equitable income distribution in the USA.

11/20/2017

Pesticides, herbicides and other horrid chemicals are causing an epidemic of brain tumors

11/20/2017

Organic Rules! Dump the chemicals! Onto Dow + Monsanto CEO’s!

11/20/2017

We do not survive without these people in this world. All of us need each other to survive and grow.

11/20/2017

Please support The Raise the Wage Act of 2017 it would increase the federal minimum wage to $15/hour for all workers.

Please also support A ban on the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos; it would protect all of us: farmworkers who are routinely exposed to this chemical in fields, children in farming areas, drinking water, and consumers exposed to residue on common foods like corn, oranges, and strawberries.
The people who grow, harvest, process, prepare, sell, and serve our food will always play a vital role in our lives. Now it’s time to make sure their pay and working conditions reflect that!

11/20/2017

Ban chlorpyrifos

11/20/2017

Please also support A ban on the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos; it would protect all of us: farmworkers who are routinely exposed to this chemical in fields, children in farming areas, drinking water, and consumers exposed to residue on common foods like corn, oranges, and strawberries.
The people who grow, harvest, process, prepare, sell, and serve our food will always play a vital role in our lives. Now it’s time to make sure their pay and working conditions reflect that!s

11/20/2017

Without these folks, our lives would be much harder!

11/20/2017

If our society is callus enough to poison the workers who produce our food, we don’t need to concern ourselves about being poisoned when we eat this food! Get toxins out of the food production system!

11/20/2017

Raise the minimum wage: protect workers and consumers from toxic chemicals, thus lowering the cost of our broken health care system!!!

11/20/2017

Higher wages and safety from the exposure to toxic pesticides are essential for the health and well being of farm workers. Please, make that a reality!

11/20/2017

Let’s treat these workers better!!!!!!!

11/20/2017

It will only be when working people stand up for their rights that they will progress. We now have the biggest push against workers’ rights since the 1930’s.

11/20/2017

Your CommentsA ban on the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos would protect all of us: farmworkers who are routinely exposed to this chemical in fields, children in farming areas, drinking water, and consumers exposed to residue on common foods like corn, oranges, and strawberries.

11/20/2017

Your Comments
To paraphrase Ann C’s comment, “Without these folks, our lives would be dead.”

11/20/2017

I support better protections for food workers and in addition we need to ban the toxic pesticides chlorpyrifos and glyphosate.

11/20/2017

Please make sure all workers are legally ensured safe working conditions and a living wage.

11/20/2017

These workers must be protected. Everyone should be able to work in a safe environment, and all chemicals must be removed from foods. This is a no-brainer.

11/20/2017

Let’s stop having these conversations and make the environment safe for all workers and a wage that they can support themselves and their families with dignity.

11/20/2017

We totally rely on our Food Workers. WE/they need your support with a raise of the minimum raise. Support the RAISE THE WAGE ACT 2017!!!Your Comments

11/20/2017

Save the food we eat and the people who produce it.

11/20/2017

Good nutrition is basic to successful living. The people who work to provide this deserve all the help we can give them, starting with a good living wage.

11/20/2017

We can provide safer food to consume and start providing better income for those who produce it. We all need to stand up to corporations lining their pockets while jeapordizing our health. Please vote with how you spend your money!

11/20/2017

Dangerous chemicals should never come in contact with food or food workers.

11/20/2017

Poison is not food. Poison is no working environment. If you want me to keep buying from the stores, do the right thing, you know people value the product and its history and other people TOO.

11/20/2017

Ban dangerous products in our foods, not good for our health.

11/20/2017

We can provide safer food to consume and start providing better income for those who produce it. We all need to stand up to corporations lining their pockets while jepordizing our health. Please vote with how you spend your money!

11/20/2017

Higher wages needed for these workers and no dangerous chemicals!

11/20/2017

Workers and consumers deserve better!

11/20/2017

For the world , all people and all creatures! No more toxic pesticides! And a fair minimum wages for all food workers!

11/20/2017

Food workers rule! Thanks to all of you who feed this country!

11/20/2017

Food workers rule! Thanks to all of you who are feeding America.

11/20/2017

Dangerous chemicals should never come in contact with food or food workers.

11/20/2017

All workers deserve a living wage and a toxic-free workplace!

11/20/2017

Food workers work for all of us and need our support for their health and well-being.

11/20/2017

Food workers are the life-line of food production in America – they must be protected from toxic pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.

11/20/2017

Thank you for all you do

11/20/2017

Ban harmful chemicals and pesticides. Protect agricultural workers, our children and bees!

11/20/2017

Everyone deserves a fair working wage

11/20/2017

It’s time to stop defending the status quo of workers being contaminated by toxic materials and getting horribly underpaid!! Slavery has no place ANYWHERE, and neither is the toxic garbage being sprayed on our food and it’s time to pay workers a living wage, ban all of Monsanto’s poisonous garbage, and use organic materials!!

11/20/2017

We must do all we can to protect all workers with freedom and equality. Thank you for your swift and just action in this matter.

11/20/2017

the people drive the economy, not the greedy CEO’s!

11/21/2017

Without food workers, we would have empty tables. Their work is often dangerous, backbreaking and tedious. Our elected officials, through pressure we all apply, must do more to remove dangers of harmful pesticides, extreme temperature conditions, other workplace hazards and sexual harassment to protect food workers. They should all be paid a living wage of at least $15 an hour, with mandatory overtime and holiday pay and employer-subsidized health insurance.

11/21/2017

Your All workers everywhere deserved a living wage and protection from toxins in their workplace. These people are producing/providing the food we all eat.

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