Churches applaud pact betweenBurger King and farm workers

Victory for Immokalee Workers
Burger KingCorporation has reached an agreement with a migrant workers’ advocacy group that is backed by U.S. churches. The agreement will raise wages for tomato pickers by one cent per pound.

TheCoalition of Immokalee Workers, which has received financial support from the U.S.Conference ofCatholic Bishops and other faith groups, announced the agreement with the hamburger chain on May 23 in Washington.

The penny-per-pound raise could add about $20 to workers’ daily wage of $50, according to the coalition.

Long Island bishop William Murphy, chair of theCatholic bishops’ committee on domestic justice and human development, called the agreement “an important step toward greater justice for farm workers in Florida.”

Mainline Protestant groups, including the NationalCouncil ofChurches and the PresbyterianChurch (U.S.A.), have also supported the Immokalee, Florida–based coalition.


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