Strike with Food Workers on May Day.
The vital labor of our 21.5 million food workers feeds communities across this country. Yet our jobs are some of the lowest paid in the nation. Donald Trump and his inner circle of white nationalist champions have launched dangerous attacks against food worker families and all marginalized people. We will not sit by as families are shattered by immigration raids, Native sovereignty is violated, Muslims are banned, Black and Brown communities face even more criminalization, trans people excluded, all while corporate interests destroy the environment and drive down wages, safety protections, and organizing rights.
FCWA members are calling for a General Strike with movement partners on May 1, 2017 (International Workers’ Day). We join The Movement for Black Lives, National Domestic Workers Alliance, HEAL Food Alliance, and several West Coast unions in striking for dignified jobs for all. We strike because we do not accept exclusion based on religion, race, gender identity, class, or immigration status. On May Day, work for no one, buy nothing, and don’t go to school. Come out to the streets to demonstrate our unity and collective power.
To learn more about actions in your area, our rapid response network, resources, and how to grow the strike, visit the May Day General Strike website.
LA GFPP Victory
Based on our concerns with several current bidders for the LA Unified School District’s $50 million chicken contract, we drafted a resolution with our LA allies that was passed by the LAUSD School Board on March 14th. That means that a low-road food company won’t be awarded a contract due to past labor violations. And we sent a message that all other food contractors have to follow the standards outlined by the Good Food Purchasing Program or else they’re out too. Big thanks to our LA partners for moving so quickly and to Shaun Martinez (Teamsters), Armando Espinoza (UFCW Local 770), and our own Jose Lopez for providing testimony at the board meeting! Moving forward, we’re organizing to include a public hearing process into LAUSD’s contract and bidding process.
Who We Are
The Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of worker-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve, and sell food, organizing to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain.
Being part of this Alliance has been awesome. We're gonna be noticed. When you bring so many people together for one cause, that's when we make a change.Ruth Faircloth, Rural and Migrant Ministry
It's gonna take all of us. We really need to start talking amongst each other and getting more organized. Being part of the Food Chain Workers Alliacne is really big for my organization so we can amplify our stories and hopefully bring about change faster.Dominic Ware, OUR Walmart (Organization United for Respect at Walmart)
I was treated differently after i started organizing to form a union. But it's worth it to fight for equal rights, a better wage and a better future.Velia Perez, Teamsters Joint Council 7
I think the food movement needs to be much, much broader and the FCWA has made that intersectionality much more visible.Jen Mendoza, Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center
To know that other organizations are dealing with with the same issues - if we were all able to come together and work as one, I believe that it will change a lot of things.Tammy Parkes, Rural and Migrant Ministry
Voices of the Food Chain
Voices of the Food Chain is a project of the Food Chain Workers Alliance and Real Food Media to capture and share stories of the country’s 20 million food workers in their own words. Including voices of farmworkers, warehouse workers, meatpackers, line cooks, restaurant servers and more, the project features conversations recorded with StoryCorps, black and white portraits, and a video on the current challenges and victories at the intersection of labor and food. Voices of the Food Chain is part of a growing national movement to bring justice to all workers along the food chain.