|Published:||Nov 16, 2010 6:36 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 16, 2010 1:38 PM EST|
IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) - The Coalition of Immokalee workers and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange have signed a landmark deal to improve worker conditions and increase pay.
The workers will get a penny more per pound of the tomatoes they pick, and the coalition is already in the fields training more than 1,000 tomato pickers about their rights.
The agreement was announced at a joint press conference on Tuesday.
The coalition has for years pressed growers to boost wages for the state's tomato pickers, who pick most of the nation's domestically grown winter tomatoes.
In 2005, the coalition convinced Taco Bell to pay more per pound of tomatoes so the money could be passed on to the workers. Other deals followed, but the growers always refused to implement them.
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