Many consumers want to ‘vote with their dollars’ by buying products that are produced in an ethical environment, ensuring a fair wage and working conditions for the employees involved in that industry. There are several different international organizations that actually have a list of characteristics that must be met in order for a product to earn the ‘fair trade’ label.
Access to bathrooms and healthcare, lack of child labor and the right to ‘free association’ — ie, union organizing — are some of the areas that fair trade organizations look for.
Isn’t it only fair that the American workers involved in actually selling those products or cooking them should receive fair treatment as well? That they should be able to unionize in order to gain the respect that every human being deserves?
Stop by the Workers Center to pick up your beautiful, beautiful Coffee Workers Union button!
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And an update on another Workers Center case, the Green Cafe here.