Saturday, August 09, 2008

Find a penny...

Today I went and got a pedicure with a friend... and then we walked to lunch... and on my way back to my car I passed by a penny. It was heads up. I thought about picking it up, "find a penny, pick it up..." but we were well past the penny by the time I thought of it - and I thought to myself that I would leave that penny for someone else who might rely on luck anyway.

A few years ago, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) boycotted Yum Brands - mainly Taco Bell, because of it's refusal to work with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) who harvested the majority of the tomatoes used in their restaurants. The workers demanded a raise to improve their working conditions and so that they and their families could live off a fair wage.

Now the CIW has been working with Burger King - and have successfully negotiated a "raise" for the tomatoes that are sold to Burger King restaurants.

"BKC has agreed to pay an additional net penny per pound for Florida tomatoes to increase wages for the Florida farm workers who harvest tomatoes. " (Click on the Link for the full news story).

Just surprising and a sombering thing to think about when we all complain about a terrible economy. But while I sit here and post a blog on the computer I own and the more than comfortable apartment I live in - I can't imagine negotiating my raise for one penny...

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