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From the Coalition of Immokalee Workers:
The Campaign for Fair Food Calls on World’s Third Largest Hamburger Chain to Join Award-Winning Fair Food Program
On Thursday, March 3, hundreds of farmworkers, religious leaders, students, and consumers gathered near Columbus Circle to launch a national boycott of Wendy’s, the world’s third largest hamburger chain. Following the boycott announcement, the protesters marched from Columbus Circle to the Park Avenue offices of Wendy’s Board Chair Nelson Peltz, Founding Partner and CEO of the activist hedge fund Trian Partners and a major shareholder in Wendy’s.
The boycott, only the second in the history of the Campaign for Fair Food, has been necessitated by Wendy’s steadfast refusal to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Fair Food Program (FFP). The FFP is a groundbreaking social responsibility program that has won recognition from the White House to the United Nations for its unique success in addressing decades-old farm labor abuses. All of Wendy’s major competitors in the fast-food industry – McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Taco Bell and Chipotle – have already joined the Fair Food Program.
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is calling for consumers to boycott Wendy’s because:
- Wendy’s has shifted its purchases from Florida to Mexico
- Wendy’s has chosen public relations over human rights protections
- Wendy’s is profiting from farmworker poverty