TO WENDY'S CEO TODD PENEGOR AND BOARD CHAIR NELSON PELTZ:
As a person of faith I believe all people are made in the image of God. Every worker deserves to be treated with dignity and be paid a living wage. But working conditions for many Florida farm workers do not meet this minimal standard. For this reason I urge Wendy’s to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program, as many of your competitors have done already. Until that time, I will boycott Wendy’s.
Why boycott Wendy's?
Farm workers are among the most abused and exploited workers in the United States. They labor long hours under difficult conditions for very low pay, and too often suffer sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and even slavery.
For 23 years the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a group of farm workers based in Florida who primarily harvest tomatoes, have marched, picketed, and fasted to bring greater justice to the Florida fields. Their efforts have convinced many corporations to join the Fair Food Program, a partnership that has eliminated modern-day slavery and sexual violence in the Florida tomato fields, improved farmworker wages for the first time in decades, and guaranteed basic protections for workers. Most of the major fast-food chains now participate in the FFP including McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, and Taco Bell. But Wendy’s refuses to join. In March, 2016, the CIW called a consumer boycott of Wendy’s until they join the FFP.
God’s concern for the poor is at the heart of our Christian faith. The Bible teaches us to care for the poor, the least among us, and the stranger. Surely we are called to stand with farm workers and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
Please honor the Wendy’s boycott and encourage others to join you. Sign the petition indicating your intention to boycott Wendy’s until the corporation joins the Fair Food Program!