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DOL, Release Tip Analysis

Officials at President Donald Trump’s U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) are deliberately hiding a report that shows its new “tip pooling” rule quite literally will allow restaurant owners to take money out of the pockets of their employees. FWP joined more than 50 organizations demanding the release of the report and withdrawal of corresponding rule.

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Posted on February 7th, 2018

Letter to Prime Minister of Thailand Prayut Chan-o-cha regarding criminal defamation

We joined with 86 organizations from around the world to express our outrage that these 14 migrant workers are being charged for criminal defamation after reporting conditions of gross abuse to the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand.

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Posted on September 24th, 2017

Anti-Poverty Advocates Condemn the RAISE Act as an Affront to Working Families

In response the introduction of the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act), which would drastically reduce legal immigration to the United States, more than 160 organizations from the anti-poverty, health, civil rights, anti-hunger, disability, faith-based and children’s advocacy communities released this statement condemning the proposal.

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Posted on August 7th, 2017

Comments on Negotiating Objectives Regarding Modernization of North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico Docket ID USTR-2017-006

Fair World Project submitted comments to the U.S. Trade Representative office on the objectives on the NAFTA renegotiation during open comment period.

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Posted on June 7th, 2017

FWP Supports Raise the Wage Act of 2017

Fair World Project joined over 100 organizations in supporting the Raise the Wage Act which would raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour over the next several years.

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Posted on May 25th, 2017

Groups Call for Withdrawal of Puzder Nomination

Andrew Puzder is not qualified to fulfill the duties of the Secretary of Labor. Fair World Project joined over 100 organizations to call for his nomination for the position to be withdrawn.

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Posted on February 13th, 2017

Letter to Congress over concerns about TPP’s impact

Fair World Project joined allies including Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Equal Exchange and Dean’s Beans to ask Congress to oppose the TPP over concerns on effects of farmers in the Global South and effect on food security.

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Posted on April 21st, 2016

Declaration on Toxic Nano Waste

Over 80 civil society & research organizations agree that producers of nanotechnology must take full responsibility to ensure safe management of Nano Waste. Our Declaration and its supporters call upon companies and policy-makers to take this step to implement real solutions that will prevent exposure to potential toxicity in nanomaterials.

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Posted on April 14th, 2016

Solidarity With Lexmark Workers

FWP joined allies in support of workers at a Lexmark factory in Juarez who are protesting extremely low wages and poor working conditions. Attempts to protest and organize have been met with retaliation.

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Posted on March 24th, 2016

Coalition letter opposing COOL repeal and voluntary COOL…

Food and Water Watch has once again asked Congress to protect Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) as mandatory. This time 142 organizations, including FWP, signed a letter in support of COOL that was delivered to every Congressional office.

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Posted on August 10th, 2015

Groups Support Thailand’s Tier 3 Ranking in Trafficking in Persons Report

The latest US Trafficking in Persons report confirms that Thailand is still not doing enough to combat Human Trafficking and migrant workers in particular are still at risk. Fair World Project joined International Labor Rights Forum and other allies in sending a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry applauding maintaining Thailand’s Tier 3 ranking in the report.

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Thailand must end harassment of researchers and human rights defenders

Several dozen NGOs and trade unions, including Fair World Project, have asked Thailand to end harassment of researchers and human rights defenders, including Finish researcher Andy Hall, who is facing charges brought by Natural Fruit after his research revealed labor abuses at the company.

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Posted on July 23rd, 2015

Diverse Coalition Asks Congress to Oppose COOL Repeal
FWP joined nearly 300 groups representing a wide range of interests, including farmers, workers, consumers and environmentalists to urge Congress not to repeal country-of-origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and chicken. The groups argue that although the World Trade Organization has ruled against the current COOL rule, “the United States has a sovereign right to allow the dispute process to proceed to its completion and then decide how and whether to implement the adverse ruling.”

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Posted on June 17th, 2015

Over 2,000 Groups Urge Opposition to Fast Track

Within a week of the introduction of the Ryan-Hatch Fast Track Bill, a diverse coalition of over 2,000 groups sent a letter to Congress outlining their case for opposing it.

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Posted on May 4th, 2015

Recruitment of Thai Prisoners to Work on Thai Fishing Boats

Fair World Project joined the International Labor Rights Forum and more than 40 other non-governmental organizations globally to express concern over a pilot project proposed by the Thai government to recruit prisoners to work on fishing vessels, posing serious human rights violations.

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Read the Letter – Thai Translation [.pdf]

Posted on January 20, 2015

Advocates to Sec Kerry: Don’t Jeopardize Successful Food Program in El Salvador
The Office of US Trade Representative and the quasi government agency Millennium Challenge Corporation recently came under fire from both NGOs and Congressional Leaders after threatening to withhold aid from El Salvador if they did not drop a successful seed program that had helped farmers grow more staple crops and earn more money, in favor of a plan that would favor corporations pushing GMO seeds for profits. FWP was one of the organizations that signed a letter to Secretary of State Kerry asking him to support the countries seed program. After pressure from within government and from advocates, the US has appeared to soften its stance on the program.

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Read an update on the apparent progress in saving the seed program…

Groups Act to Protect Country of Origin Labeling
The undersigned 179 farm, rural, faith, environmental, labor, farmworker and consumer organizations respectfully urge you to support basic food labeling and to reject any attempts to defund or undermine Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law and regulations. Consumers want to know more, not less, about the origins of their food and using an appropriations rider to deny them that knowledge is unacceptable.

Cool Rider Sign-on Letter to Senate [.pdf]
Cool Rider Sign-on Letter to House [.pdf]

Groups Act to Groups Urge Congress to Protect Family Farmers Through Packers and Stockyards Act
The Packers and Stockyards Act is one of the most important federal statutes for our nation’s livestock and poultry farmers and ranchers. It prohibits meatpackers and poultry companies from using their market power to subject farmers and ranchers to anticompetitive, deceptive, fraudulent and abusive business practices. Although the Act was originally enacted in 1921, its importance is even greater now because of the growth and vertical integration of meatpacker and poultry companies. This has given them considerable market power and enabled contracting practices that are abusive and harmful to family farmers. The undersigned 168 farmer, rancher, consumer, labor, farmworker and faith organizations are writing to urge your opposition to any appropriations policy riders to limit the rulemaking authority of the Secretary of Agriculture under the Packers and Stockyards Act.

Anti-GIPSA Rider Sign-on Letter to Senate [.pdf]
Anti-GIPSA Rider Sign-on Letter to House [.pdf]

Open Letter to Ecover and Method
FWP was one of more than a dozen organizations to sign an open letter to Ecover and Method regarding their unfortunate decision to use ingredients derived from Synthetically Modified Organisms (SMOs) in its products


Human Trafficking in Thailand

In May 2004 FWP joined International Labor Rights Forum and other allies to ask Secretary of State Kerry to take action to address human trafficking in Thailand. [PDF FILE…]

In June 2014 FWP joined ILRF and allies to thank Secretary of State Kerry for the US State Department’s decision to downgrade Thailand to Tier 3 in the Global Trafficking in Persons Report to reflect changes Thailand needs to make to address these issues.


Open Letter to Harvard University Regarding Land-Grabbing Investments

Fair World Project joined other civil society organizations in a letter to Harvard University to express our deep concern about the university’s troubling investments in farmland, forests and other natural resources around the world.


Over 550 Groups Urge Opposition to Fast Track
Over 550 groups, including FWP, signed a letter dated January 27, 2014, urging Congress to oppose the “Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act” (Fast Track) which would increase the President’s ability to pass trade agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) that will have negative impacts on farmers, workers, and consumers.


Preserving Country of Origin Labeling Rules in Farm Bill

Fair World Project joined nearly 100 organizations asking the Farm Bill conference to preserve Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rules that provide accurate information about the source of food. code for dots: [PDF FILE…]

Human Rights and a Burger Giant

Fair World Project joined over 75 food movement leaders in an open letter to Wendy’s asking them to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers-led Fair Food, a partnership among corporate retailers, tomato farms, and farmworkers to create a more fair and sustainable industry.

TTIP/TAFTA Crossborder Letter Re-Release

Fair World Project joined nearly 100 organization in the US and Europe register our early concern about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), also known as Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), based on the information about the coming negotiations and state our opposition to the use of behind-closed-door trade negotiations to change and lower public interest measures for the sake of commercial interests. This letter was sent at the start of the second round of negotiations in Brussels the week of November 11, 2013. […]

Over 400 organizations, including FWP, signed a letter demanding Congress pass a Full and Fair 2013 Farm Bill.