In New York City, hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Manhattan Thursday in support of farmworkers with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who are demanding that fast-food giant Wendy’s sign onto a worker-designed code of conduct that includes a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment and abuse in the fields where they pick tomatoes. The marchers passed outside the Manhattan office of billionaire Nelson Peltz, the board chair and largest shareholder at Wendy’s, before rallying near the United Nations building, where workers broke a 5-day fast. This is Immokalee worker and hunger striker Nely Rodriguez.
Nely Rodriguez: “What we’re asking is that Nelson Peltz promises that Wendy’s will join the Fair Food Program, which is a program recognized for ending sexual violence and slavery in the agricultural fields of Florida. … Another thing that we’d like to say to Nelson Peltz and Wendy’s is that we’re not doing this for the money. We as an association don’t receive a bonus. The money is paid from the corporation to the farmers, and the farmers are responsible for distributing the extra cent to the farmworkers. We’re not doing it for the cent. Wendy’s is lying, saying we’re doing this for the money. We’re here to prove they’re lying. They’re lying through their false code of conduct that does not include the voice of the workers.”