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· MI: Protesters celebrate Wendy’s pulling out of University of Michigan, call for continued boycott
· FL: City joins call for UF to cut Wendy’s tie
Protesters celebrate Wendy’s pulling out of University of Michigan, call for continued boycott
By Gus Burns, MLive.com (MI)
Mar 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP -- The farmers who pick tomatoes that garnish American hamburgers want fair pay.
That’s why more than 50 bundled-up protesters were chanting “boycott Wendy’s,” marching and hoisting flags with the “no” symbol over the chain’s pigtail-wearing namesake in front of the restaurant at 4020 Carpenter in Pittsfield Township Saturday evening.
The fast food chain calls the protesters’ rhetoric misleading.
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a Florida-based, nonprofit labor organization with about $5 million in assets, according to IRS records, and the Student Farmworker Alliance planned the rally as part of a four-stop protest tour of some of the nation’s college campuses. Other stops included the University of North Carolina, Ohio State University and an upcoming demonstration at Florida University.
However, there is no longer a Wendy’s to protest at the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus, which is partly why the event was held in nearby Pittsfield Township.
The UM campus Wendy’s closed in April 2018 when renovations began at the Michigan Union, and the franchise owner says the restaurant won’t be returning when it the Michigan Union reopens in 2020.
While the Coalition of Immokalee Workers insist the decision not to renew the lease is the result of mounting criticism, including circulation of an online petition asking UM to ban Wendy’s from the campus, company representatives previously told MLive it was a “business decision" made by the franchise owner.
Saturday’s protest had already been planned by the time Coalition of Immokalee Workers proclaimed victory.
“The move turns next month’s planned demonstration on the UM campus into a celebration, and sends an unmistakable message to the administrations at other schools where students are demanding that Wendy’s put human rights on the menu, or take its business elsewhere,” the organization posted on its website in February.
Ann Arbor City Council also passed a resolution asking residents to boycott Wendy’s last month...
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City joins call for UF to cut Wendy’s tie
By Andrew Caplan, The Gainesville Sun (FL)
Mar 8, 2019
The Gainesville City Commission passed a resolution Thursday that supported the Fair Florida Program.
The Gainesville City Commission passed a resolution Thursday that supports a call for the University of Florida to cut ties with Wendy’s for its refusal to enforce fair wages and worker safety protections for its farm workers.
The resolution was in support of the Fair Food Program, launched by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in 2011, which partners with farmers and other retail buyers to enforce better wages, worker safety and protections against sexual violence.
According to the Washington Post, roughly 80 percent of women farm workers have been harassed or assaulted.
Other major fast food chains, such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway and KFC have joined the Fair Florida Program to ensure farm workers are protected and compensated fairly...