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In a labor settlement brokered by Atlanta’s Carter Center and backed by Presbyterians, fast-food giant McDonald’s and a coalition of Florida farm workers announced an agreement April 9 to double the wages and improve working conditions for tomato pickers who supply the restaurant chain with tomatoes. The settlement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers was preceded in 2005 by an agreement with YUM! Brands, the parent company of Taco Bell. Clifton Kirkpatrick, stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), said the two developments “just may be the tipping point for the entire fast-food industry in a real move toward human rights and fair food for everyone.”


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