Protest At Wendy's In Favor Of Farmers
GAINESVILLE - A single solitary penny, prompted demonstrations at a Gainesville fast food restaurant today.
This afternoon, protesters stood in front of the Wendy’s across from Butler Plaza in Gainesville to make a point. They are asking the fast food chain to join the campaign for fair food by paying tomato pickers a penny more per pound.
Paul Ortiz a protester said, "Basically they agree to pay a penny more per pound for tomatoes... What it means for the farmers and the workers is a little more in wages. They're not asking to get rich, they're just asking for a fair wage."
Ortiz also says places like Trader Joe's and taco bell have already reached agreements with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Organization.
A Wendy's spokesperson, Bob Bertini said, "We don't not think it is appropriate for Wendy's to pay the workers for our florida tomato suppliers. We already pay a premium for Florida tomatoes and we expect our suppliers to appropirately compensate their employees. The tomato harvesters do not work for Wendy's."
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