Burger King Protest

Maybe you have heard about today's planned protest of Burger King. If you haven't, here are the details: the Coalition of Immokalee Workers -- a farmworkers' rights group based in Southwest Florida -- is holding yet another rally in an attempt to urge the fast food giant to pay higher wages to the people who pick the tomatoes that end up on the Whoppers. The group wants Burger King to pay one penny more a pound for the tomatoes. According to the New York Times, which ran an excellent op-ed piece on the subject this week:

Telling Burger King to pay an extra penny for tomatoes and provide a decent wage to migrant workers would hardly bankrupt the company. Indeed, it would cost Burger King only $250,000 a year.

If you're interested in details on today's nine-mile march, including the protest route and rally at Burger King headquarters, go to the CIW website. For information on how today's rally will affect downtown traffic -- and it will, because 1,500 people expected to march -- check out this story in the Herald.

Another good way to join in solidarity with the farmworkers: lay off the Whoppers.

--Tamara Lush

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