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The United Methodist Church became the largest U.S. church body to join a boycott against Taco Bell, urging the fast-food giant to improve working conditions for migrant tomato-pickers in Immokalee, Florida. Delegates to the church’s General Conference legislative meeting voted to approve the measure, without debate, May 1. The Methodists join the National Council of Churches, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the American Friends Service Committee (Quaker) in the boycott. A resolution passed by delegates said the boycott would remain in effect until Taco Bell “convenes serious three-way talks between the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, representatives of Taco Bell and their tomato suppliers to address exploitation and slavery in the fields.” The resolution said the migrant workers earn just 40 cents for a 32-pound bucket of tomatoes—pay which has “not changed in more than 20 years.”

 

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