Fast-food giant to increase payments to tomato pickers
Apr 05, 2005
Churches that endorsed a boycott against Taco Bell have declared victory after the fast-food giant agreed to increase payments to migrant tomato pickers in Florida. Taco Bell agreed to a penny-per-pound increase in wages.
The agreement announced March 8 between Taco Bell’s parent company, Yum Brands, and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers ends the boycott.
“The success of this struggle illustrates that when committed, faithful people come together to work for justice, even in the face of powerful opposition, there may be nothing we cannot achieve,” said Edith Russell of the United Church of Christ, the first church to endorse the boycott.
Other church bodies that joined the boycott were the United Methodist Church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the National Council of Churches.