Kansas group seeks boost in tomato pickers’ wages

— A group of Kansas community activists has asked a national grocery chain to help ensure a pay raise for workers picking tomatoes in Florida.

A half dozen protesters hand-delivered a letter to the Dillon grocery stores office in Hutchinson on Tuesday, asking that the letter be passed on to Kroger CEO David Dillon in Cincinnati. Kroger owns the Dillon grocery chain.

The letter asks Kroger, the nation’s largest grocery chain, to sign an agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to guarantee that workers picking tomatoes earn about 50 cents for every 32-pound bucket they fill.

The coalition has reportedly signed agreements with McDonald’s, Taco Bell and some other food suppliers.

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