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Resolution On Supporting Farmworkers In Their Efforts To Boycott Wendy’s




Resolution No. 3

Resolution On Supporting Farmworkers In Their Efforts To Boycott Wendy’s

Passed November 8, 2018

  1. WHEREAS the Coalition of Immokalee Workers is a worker-based human rights organization that has helped organize farmworkers since 1993 and has helped establish the Fair Food Program in 2011;
  2. WHEREAS the Fair Food Program is a workplace monitoring program that ensures humane wages and working conditions for the farmworkers who pick the fruits and vegetables for participating farms;
  3. WHEREAS major fast food and supermarket chains have signed on to receive their produce from farms that participate in the Fair Food Program;
  4. WHEREAS Wendy’s has not only refused to participate in the Fair Food Program but has done everything possible to skirt any responsibility for farmworker’s demands such as paying one cent towards every pound of produce picked by farmworkers to pay for their benefits;
  5. WHEREAS consumers in a post-Janus America have a say with their dollars in demanding comfortable working conditions for the people who provide us our food;
  6. WHEREAS student-led groups are organizing around the country to increase the pressure for Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program;
  7. WHEREAS the Fair Food Program is looking to expand in Texas to help farmworkers in our own state;
  8. WHEREAS the Eco-Socialist and Racial Justice Working Groups of the Houston DSA have already participated in actions in support of farmworkers demands;
  9. WHEREAS democratic socialist Houstonians in the past have supported historic boycotts with United Farm Workers against companies and employers that refused to treat their employees fairly;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Houston Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America will support the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ demands to Boycott Wendy’s. We will

  1. Strongly encourage our membership and the residents of the Houston metropolitan area to not spend their money at any Wendy’s locations;
  2. Collaborate with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Fair Food Program to help with any future direct actions such as picketing, letter writing campaigns, educational actions on campuses and building interest in preparation for their Texas launch.