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The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a 20-year old organization of tomato pickers, came under fire from the business-backed Worker Center Watch (www.workercenterwatch.com/ciw-penny-plunder-campaign). The CIW's Fair Food Program requires buyers of Florida mature green tomatoes to pay an extra 1.5 cents a pound for the Florida tomatoes they buy. Growers keep 0.2 cents of this additional payment to cover their costs, and pass 1.3 cents of the extra funds on to tomato pickers.
The Sarasota-based Fair Food Standards Council monitors compliance on participating tomato farms.
The CIW says that 12 major tomato buyers have joined the Fair Food Program, including McDonald's, Subway, Burger King and Taco Bell (Yum! Brands). In January 2014, Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, joined the Fair Food Program. The announcement said that tomato pickers were earning 50 cents per 32-pound bucket, and that the extra penny a pound would raise their piece rate to 82 cents.