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Another world is possible

June 22-26, 2010, the Food Chain Workers Alliance participated in the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit!  We helped shape the Statement from the People's Movement Assembly on Food Sovereignty, a powerful statement based on the ideas and beliefs of 150 people from dozens of organizations working towards democratic control of our food system.

We also held our own workshop which featured Alliance members CATA (Farmworkers' Support Committee), Coalition of Immokalee Workers, International Labor Rights Forum, NW Arkansas Workers' Rights Center, and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. We had a great discussion about ways to link up food system workers together as well as to connect food workers' struggles with other food justice and social justice efforts.  A few folks told us our workshop was the best one that they attended at the USSF!
Food Sovereignty People's Movement Assembly

NY Approves domestic workers' bill of rights!

Historically farmworkers and domestic workers have been excluded from major labor protections, due to slavery and racism in the U.S. They have been excluded from the freedom of association to form a union, from overtime pay provisions, and from workers’ compensation insurance, among other protections. Much of that is about to change for New York domestic workers. On July 1 the New York legislature passed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, and Governor David Paterson has said he will sign the bill into law. Read more on our website.

Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan Flash Mob: "Bad Restaurant"

ROC-Michigan gave a twist to Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” song to flash mob Andiamo Restaurant in Dearborn. Check out the video on our website!

Workers of Andiamo have filed a federal lawsuit claiming they are owed over $125,000 in stolen wages as well as violations for discrimination and illegal retaliation. Since November 2009, Andiamo restaurant workers and their supporters have been holding weekly pickets outside the restaurant, which have received local and national press attention.

ROC-MI Flash Mob

Food Justice - Food Workers

Food First! (the Institute for Food & Development Policy) has written an excellent article about workers in our food system called Food Workers – Food Justice: Linking food, labor and immigrant rights and provides great information detailing the situation of food workers. 

For example, some 17% of all jobs in the U.S. are in the food sector.  And in 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics listed food preparation and serving-related occupations as the lowest paid of all occupational categories ($8.59 median wage), followed by farming, fishing and forestry ($9.34 median wage).

Click here to read the entire report.

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