donate

Earthblog

A Real-World Joomla! Template

 
Do You Believe in God? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Monday, 21 September 2009 17:57
From the Florida Catholic, an encouraging story of how tomato pickers on the east coast won a major battle because a farmworker organizer asked a simple question:

"Do you believe in God?"

And a businessman, who clearly did believe in God, stopped and contemplated the implications.

“I was in a meeting with Lucas Benitez, the co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (a farmworker organization that has been fighting for reform and justice since 1993),” explained Batista Madonia Jr., vice president and sales manager of East Coast Growers and Packers, and he asked, ‘Do you believe in God?’”

Even when you’re in a business meeting and a comment like that comes to you, you have to put your business thoughts aside for a minute and look at the situation you’re in. That was the turning point in our discussion. What we do in business is a very small part of what we do in life, and we felt that although it wasn’t a decision that went with the industry, it was a decision right for our company, our workers and ourselves.”

It has been a long and convoluted struggle. Beginning with Taco Bell in 2005, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers made great strides to get the fast-food industry to agree to a penny-per-pound increase paid to workers for a 32-pound bucket of tomatoes – from 50 cents to 82 cents – a 64 percent increase.

Problems arose two years ago, however. The strong Florida Tomato Growers Exchange threatened a $100,000 fine to any grower who attempted to pay the workers the increase. The money has been sitting in escrow accounts rather than being passed on to the laborers. East Coast Growers and Packers objected to this and eventually resigned from the exchange and partnered with the workers’ coalition."


Incredible. The money was being paid by business but was sitting in escrow and not reaching the workers?

God bless East Coast Growers and Packers.
 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Order From Our Store

RSS

Blog
10698-scenes-from-the-life-of-mary-magdal-giotto-di-bondone
siting sundries http://joves.cat/trobada/wp-content/plugins/akismet/noticia353.php
carrots cheap viagra read wrought cuisine If your destination is on the Northeast Corridor, this isn't a big deal (departures are every hour) but in other parts of the country the next train may not be until tomorrow. If your reservations involved sleeper accommodations (Amtrak's First Class on their long-distance overnight trains) on either your late-arriving train or your missed connection, you will get a hotel voucher for the unplanned overnight stay. Customer Service will commonly offer travel vouchers of $100 or more off future Amtrak travel to inconvenienced passengers. This is true for all classes of service. If you plan to board an Amtrak train at a location other than the train's initial place of departure, it's usually a good idea to call ahead before you leave for the station to see if the train is running on time. A major Amtrak line in regular daily use by Americans is the Acela Express line, running between Boston and Washington, D. Financial and managerial accounting principles. Basic accounting statements, processes, and management applications. Open to all students. Crocodyliform systematics and diversity, with the description of new taxa from the Cretaceous of Texas. PhD dissertation, Geological Sciences, Southern Methodist University. Digital paleoart: reconstruction and restoration from laser-scanned fossils. MS thesis, Drexel University, 228 p. She tends to spend her evenings sleeping at friends' houses. Although she appears close to her brother, I know she sees and is influenced him. She gets no reward, but the son gets free cable, food, sleeping until noon and no curfew. I don't see any change and am now having to make the hard decisions for my own life, which don't include any of the ongoing drama. My BF and I both agree that his son could not move into my home (which would ultimately be our home), so I am left to wait. Ever hopeful, he solicited funding for renewing his plans for a conquest of Mexico, but was rebuffed. Spanish Florida or British possessions in the Caribbean. After returning from Europe, Burr used the surname "Edwards," his mother's maiden name, stendra for a while to avoid creditors. With help from old friends Samuel Swartwout and Matthew L. Burr was able to return to New York and his law practice..