Online Program

Non-policy routes to equality: Coalition of Immokalee Workers and targeting corporate buyers

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Jose Oliva, Food Chain Alliance, Los Angeles, CA
To address difficult working conditions and low wages, some food chain workers have pursued remedies outside of traditional policy routes. Some organized groups of workers, such as the Coalition for Immokalee Workers (CIW), have forgone targeting policies and politicians for directing their efforts at corporate buyers. The CIW, an organized group of tomato growers in South Florida, targets the end buyers of the tomatoes they pick as the responsible parties for improving their working conditions and wages. The CIW’s Fair Food Program asks large retailers like supermarkets and fast food restaurants to pay a penny more per pound of tomatoes and to refuse to buy tomatoes from farms with human rights violations. The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of food chain worker-based organizations, including CIW, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain. This presentation will describe food chain workers’ efforts to improve their conditions that are outside of the traditional public policy route. 


Learning Areas:

Occupational health and safety
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Explain food chain workers’ efforts to improve their working conditions outside of the traditional public policy route.

Keyword(s): Food Security, Labor

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Jose Oliva is the Associate Director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance. Jose has extensive experience in organizing workers for improved conditions. He has worked at the Midwest Latino Research and Policy Center at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Casa Guatemala, Chicago Interfaith Workers’ Center, Interfaith Worker Justice’s National Workers' Centers Network, and the Workers’ Alliance for a Just Economy.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.