BOSTON (CBS) – Hundreds demonstrated in Copley Square on Sunday, rallying for improved wages and working conditions for farm workers who harvest tomatoes in Florida.

Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers urged Stop & Shop, and its parent company to pay an extra penny per pound for tomatoes to ensure better working conditions and wages in the Florida fields.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports.

“One more penny per pound will practically double the wage of the farm worker, which currently right now is anywhere between $7,500 to $10,000 per season,” said Luis Gomez, one of the rally organizers.

A Stop & Shop spokeswoman said the chain buys tomatoes at market prices from their suppliers, and it’s not their place to enter into waged negotiations with their suppliers.

Comments (5)
  1. Denise says:

    Stop & Shop doesn’t care about their own low paid employees – never mind anyone elses!

  2. Cynic says:

    Stop and Shop doesn’t have to “Enter into wage negotiations”. all it has to do is say… “We are no longer going to buy Tomatoes from you”.But then on the other hand Stop and Shop runs it’s own llittle scams.

  3. CEO says:

    If the farm workers think they’re underpaid, quit and work somewhere else. It’s that simple. If no one shows up to do their job, then their employers will have to start paying more to attract people.

    Besides, we really know what these seasonal workers do, they file for unemployment in the off-season and go fishing.

    I won’t be shedding any tears for them.

  4. DStein says:

    I wonder how many of these whiners are in the country ILLEGALLY?

  5. al says:

    Anyone who doesn’t think farmworkers deserve a measly penny more per pound should spend 12 hours in the hot sun picking tomatoes before they utter a word.

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