Labor Organizations, Public Interest Organizations, and Scholars Urge Biden to Appoint FTC Commissioners Committed to Outlawing Noncompete Clauses and Exclusionary Contracting
Posted on December 16th, 2020
The Open Markets Institute sent two letters today to President-elect Joe Biden requesting him to appoint commissioners to the Federal Trade Commission committed to using the agency’s power to prohibit noncompete clauses and exclusionary contracting by dominant firms.
Posted on December 12th, 2020
The Fair Trade Movement calls on the Parties of the UNFCCC to act on their commitments under the Paris Agreement and to prioritise fair trading practices in the global supply chains as indispensable for climate justice.
Posted on September 16th, 2020
Organizations from across the environmental, agricultural, and labor justice spectrum are demanding the resignation of Loren Sweatt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Eugene Scalia, Secretary Department of Labor for failing to ensure the safety of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their inaction has allowed significant, adverse impacts from COVID-19 to fall disproportionately on Black, Latino, and Asian workers.
Posted on July 27th, 2020
Fair World Project joins over 30 public interest groups filing a petition with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to demand a ban on exclusionary contracting by monopolists and other dominant firms. The practice of exclusionary contracting locks in contracts for Big Food while locking small-scale farmers out of the market, harming the climate, and fueling racial injustice.
Posted on June 12th, 2019
A broad-based coalition of 219 farm, food, rural, faith and consumer advocacy organizations endorse the Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act of 2019. This bill would initiate a moratorium on large agriculture, food and beverage manufacturing and grocery retail mergers to allow time to assess the impact corporate consolidation has on farmers, workers, consumers and communities.
Posted on April 16th, 2019
300 food, farming, fishing, worker, environmental, public health and public interest organizations urges Congress to advance a Green New Deal that reflects the central role of food and agriculture in our climate crisis and its solutions. America’s farmers, ranchers, fishers and workers who feed the nation must be at the center of this policy agenda, not on the sidelines.
Posted on November 29th, 2018
Fair World Project joins the global fair trade movement in calling on the COP24 parties to recognize that trade justice is a crucial part of working towards climate justice. Small-scale farmers needs must be prioritized, and their vulnerabilities to climate change taken into account.
Posted on April 12th, 2018
FWP joined over 200 other organizations urging Senators to oppose Pompeo for Secretary of State because of his track record as a climate denier.
Posted on April 2nd, 2018
FWP joined over 100 organizations to oppose any changes by the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to the requirements in the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (“WPS”) and Certification of Pesticide Applicators rule (CPA).
Posted on March 22nd, 2018
Fair World Project joined over 1,000 organizations calling on Congress for a fair NAFTA.
Posted on February 26th, 2018
Fair World Project joined dozens of other organizations opposing HR 3599, legislation introduced by Representative King that would negatively impact local communities and their ability to control their food and farming system.
Posted on February 7th, 2018
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.
Posted on September 24th, 2017
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.
Posted on May 25th, 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.
Posted on February 13th, 2017
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.
Posted on April 21st, 2016
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.
Posted on April 14th, 2016
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.
Posted on March 24th, 2016
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.
Posted on August 10th, 2015
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.
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.
Posted on July 23rd, 2015
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.
Posted on June 17th, 2015
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.”
Posted on May 4th, 2015
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.
Posted on January 20, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.