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Wilson Perez, of Immokalee and with the Coalition for Immokalee Farmworkers, prepares a bicycle at the Coalition's headquarters in Immokalee on Monday afternoon for Friday's bike ride to the new Trader Joe's grocery store ribbon cutting ceremony in North Naples. Farm workers and tomato pickers plan on biking the 35 miles from Immokalee to Trader Joe's on Friday for the grocery store's debut opening in Florida, where they will be joined by local clergy and will ask to speak to Trader Joe's Vice President Kent Smathers to discuss the importance of signing an agreement to lift farmworkers' pay to a penny-per-pound and ask the company executive to commit to only buying produce from farms that comply with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food Code of Conduct to ensure safe, non-exploitive working conditions and fair pay for Florida's produce pickers.

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Tristan Spinski/Staff Wilson Perez, of Immokalee and with the Coalition for Immokalee Farmworkers, prepares a bicycle at the Coalition's headquarters in Immokalee on Monday afternoon for Friday's bike ride to the new Trader Joe's grocery store ribbon cutting ceremony in North Naples. Farm workers and tomato pickers plan on biking the 35 miles from Immokalee to Trader Joe's on Friday for the grocery store's debut opening in Florida, where they will be joined by local clergy and will ask to speak to Trader Joe's Vice President Kent Smathers to discuss the importance of signing an agreement to lift farmworkers' pay to a penny-per-pound and ask the company executive to commit to only buying produce from farms that comply with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food Code of Conduct to ensure safe, non-exploitive working conditions and fair pay for Florida's produce pickers.

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