Farm and food chain workers have the right to freedom of association and to bargain collectively for livable wages and healthy and safe working conditions. When institutions purchase from suppliers that are grounded in principles of workers’ rights, cooperative ownership, democratic decision-making, and migrant, racial, and gender justice, they help ensure that food workers can live and work with dignity.
Providing workers with a living wage increases financial stability and resilience for employees and employers.
Ensuring suppliers respect farmworkers’ right to organize protects workers who have been historically exempt from federal labor laws.
A code of conduct that guarantees workers' rights to freedom of association and collective bargaining empowers food chain workers to gain better wages and working conditions for themselves.
Unions can increase household wealth — particularly for Black and Latino households — and help close racial wealth gaps.
Strong labor standards could improve the health and wellbeing of farmworkers, communities, and our food system.
Respecting workers’ right to freedom of association and collective bargaining across the entire supply chain - and especially at companies dominating the poultry industry - could help address dangerous working conditions and low wages.
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