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Tue May 19, 2015, 04:58 PM

Call goes out for boycott of Driscoll

Check your strawbs!

http://peoplesworld.org/call-goes-out-for-boycott-of-driscoll/



Yet another boycott of Driscoll's products is being called for, by Mexican farm workers this time, echoing a similar call from Washington state workers, as all decry pay and conditions in the fields of Driscoll's suppliers.

A work stoppage began on March 17 in the San Quintín Valley, near Ensenada in the Mexican state of Baja California, as workers, promptly represented by Rúben Núñez from the Oaxaca sección 22 of the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación, called for a minimum daily wage of 300 pesos (at about $.067 USD/peso that comes to almost $20/day).

Berrymex, one of the largest growers in the area, employing as many as 31,000 workers, is one of the many producers that supplies Driscoll's with berries. In response to the strike, Berrymex representatives agreed to increase pay for workers by 15 percent, though none have said how much workers would actually be paid under the new scale, instead speaking in terms of percentages.

Berrymex, though, is not the only Driscoll's supplier whose workers are calling for a boycott. Sakura Farms workers in Burlington, Washington, are also calling for a boycott of Driscoll's products. Ironically, many of the Washington workers are also from Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, and many have family members also participating in the strikes in San Quintín. An Oregon-based NGO, the Fair World Project, has even gone so far as to collect some 10,000 signatures from concerned consumers to present to Driscoll's, as well as other distributors of the Sakura Farms products.

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Starry Messenger May 2015 OP
elleng May 2015 #1
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johnp3907 May 2015 #3
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vive la commune May 2015 #5
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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 05:01 PM

1. BEEN boycotting them,

even tho it's hard to find OTHER berries.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 05:03 PM

2. Is this allowed under NAFTA...Inquiring minds want to know. Will TPP make it all better?

 

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 05:06 PM

3. Even the foodservice company I work for is boycotting them.

The company we buy produce from has to sell us berries from other suppliers.

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Response to johnp3907 (Reply #3)

Tue May 19, 2015, 05:10 PM

4. That's excellent!

Driscoll is all they have in the supermarket here. I'll have to start hitting the farmers markets.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Tue May 19, 2015, 07:20 PM

5. I love blueberries

But will totally pass on them as long as the boycott's on.

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Response to vive la commune (Reply #5)

Tue May 19, 2015, 09:53 PM

6. Same here.

I love berries. I guess it's a good summer to explore other fruits!

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