Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), one of the champions of fair labor in congress fumed about the outrage in the Florida fields a couple of weeks ago. According to an Associated Press in Business Week, he and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) are threatening to scrutinize companies with government contracts in the agricultural industry in hopes of pressuring Florida tomato growers to boost the wages of their workers.
The senators have sent letters to Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Kroger Co., Publix, Safeway Inc., US Food Service, Supervalu Inc. and Sysco Corp., asking them to join in the extra penny-a-pound program devised in part by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to improve the wages and living conditions of poor immigrant farm laborers.
“Some of these companies are big vendors with the federal government,” Durbin said. “We can connect the dots. We’re going to examine this very closely.”
“If necessary, we’re going to legislate to address this,” added Sanders.
Read the whole article at Business Week.