Think Twice Before you enter â€" Taco Hell!
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a farmworker organization based in Immokalee, Florida, has asked to meet with Taco Bell representatives to discuss the working and living conditions of the farmworkers who pick Taco Bell's tomatoes.
Farmworkers who pick tomatoes for the Immokalee-based "Six L's, Packing, Co., Inc.", one of the nation's largest tomato producers and a contractor for Taco Bell, are paid 40 cents for every 32-pound bucket they pick.
That is the same per bucket rate, or "piece rate", paid in 1978. At that rate, workers must pick and haul 2 TONS of tomatoes to make $50 in a day. Workers picking for Six L's are denied the right to organize and the right to overtime pay for overtime work. They receive no health insurance, no sick leave, no paid holidays, no paid vacation, and no pension.
Taco Bell has refused to discuss these conditions with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
Taco Bell reported system-wide sales of more than $5 billion in 1999, while Tricon, Inc., Taco Bell's parent corporation (together with Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken), reported worldwide system sales of over $22 billion last year.
Taco Bell could double the picking piece rate paid to farmworkers by agreeing to pay just one penny more per pound for the tomatoes it buys from Six L's.
We believe that Taco Bell, as part of the "world's largest restaurant system", can easily afford to pay one penny more. But even if they passed the cost on to YOU, the consumer, it would still be less than 1/4 of 1 cent more for your Chalupa.
Would you be willing to pay 1/4 of 1 penny more for your Chalupa if it meant that farmworkers could earn a living wage?
We thought you would.
Until Taco Bell management is willing to meet and negotiate with tomato pickers, we ask that you:
1) BOYCOTT TACO BELL!!!
2) Call or write:
Emil J. Brolick
President and Chief Concept Officer
Taco Bell Corp.
17901 Von Karman
Irvine, California 92614
tel. (949) 863-4500
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