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Coalition workers reach agreement with Florida tomato growers

Coalition of Immokalee Workers staff member Lucas Benitez and Fla.Tomato Growers Exchange manager Reggie Brown announce a new system between the organization, growers and food industry companies to educate workers and investigate complaints among the tomato industry's workers in Florida. The agreement also implements the penny-per-pound wage increase and eliminates the requirement of workers to top-off buckets used to pick the tomatoes.  David Albers/Staff

Coalition of Immokalee Workers staff member Lucas Benitez and Fla.Tomato Growers Exchange manager Reggie Brown announce a new system between the organization, growers and food industry companies to educate workers and investigate complaints among the tomato industry's workers in Florida. The agreement also implements the penny-per-pound wage increase and eliminates the requirement of workers to top-off buckets used to pick the tomatoes. David Albers/Staff

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  • Lucas Benitez, center, shakes hands with Florida Tomato Growers Exchange manager Reggie Brown during a press conference Tuesday in Immokalee.  David Albers/Staff
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers staff member Lucas Benitez and Fla.Tomato Growers Exchange manager Reggie Brown announce a new system between the organization, growers and food industry companies to educate workers and investigate complaints among the tomato industry's workers in Florida. The agreement also implements the penny-per-pound wage increase and eliminates the requirement of workers to top-off buckets used to pick the tomatoes.  David Albers/Staff
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers staff member Lucas Benitez and Fla.Tomato Growers Exchange manager Reggie Brown announce a new system between the organization, growers and food industry companies to educate workers and investigate complaints among the tomato industry's workers in Florida. The agreement also implements the penny-per-pound wage increase and eliminates the requirement of workers to top-off buckets used to pick the tomatoes.  David Albers/Staff
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers staff member Lucas Benitez and Fla.Tomato Growers Exchange manager Reggie Brown announce a new system between the organization, growers and food industry companies to educate workers and investigate complaints among the tomato industry's workers in Florida. The agreement also implements the penny-per-pound wage increase and eliminates the requirement of workers to top-off buckets used to pick the tomatoes.  David Albers/Staff
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers staff member Lucas Benitez and Fla.Tomato Growers Exchange manager Reggie Brown announce a new system between the organization, growers and food industry companies to educate workers and investigate complaints among the tomato industry's workers in Florida. The agreement also implements the penny-per-pound wage increase and eliminates the requirement of workers to top-off buckets used to pick the tomatoes.  David Albers/Staff
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers staff member Lucas Benitez and Fla.Tomato Growers Exchange manager Reggie Brown announce a new system between the organization, growers and food industry companies to educate workers and investigate complaints among the tomato industry's workers in Florida. The agreement also implements the penny-per-pound wage increase and eliminates the requirement of workers to top-off buckets used to pick the tomatoes.  David Albers/Staff
  • Coalition of Immokalee Workers staff member Lucas Benitez and Fla.Tomato Growers Exchange manager Reggie Brown announce a new system between the organization, growers and food industry companies to educate workers and investigate complaints among the tomato industry's workers in Florida. The agreement also implements the penny-per-pound wage increase and eliminates the requirement of workers to top-off buckets used to pick the tomatoes.  David Albers/Staff
  • Lucas Benitez, left, and Florida Growers Exchange manager Reggie Brown, right, at a press conference Tuesday in Immokalee.  The coalition of immokalee workers has reached a historic agreement
with Florida tomato growers. The agreement will extend the coalition's
fair food principles. Thirteen growers have agreed to pass along a
penny per pound increase to  workers. They've also agreed to adopt a
fair food code of conduct. Growers will work with the coalition to
eliminate farmworker abuse.  David Albers/Staff

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