April 16, 2007
MCDONALD’S TO PAY FOR FARMWORKER RAISES
McDonald's USA reached agreement April 9 with the Coalition for Immokalee Workers to pay a penny a pound more for the tomatoes it buys from Florida farms. The increase means that those who had been receiving 40 to 45 cents for a 32-pound bucket of tomatoes will soon earn about 72 to 77 cents. A third party will verify that the additional penny per pound will go directly to the workers. The agreement is similar to one reached in 2005 with YUM! Brands, the owner of Taco Bell and other fast- food chains.