April 24, 2015
Join us on May 7th as we march and demonstrate for justice in NC tobacco fields outside the Reynolds American Headquarters in Winston-Salem, NC!
This will be the third year in a row since farm laborers and their supporters escalated their campaign to get Reynolds American to end the abuses in its tobacco supply chain by taking the matter up with the company that sells more Reynolds tobacco products than any other.
The average CEO of a company based in North Carolina in 2013 made $4.2 million, 108 times more than the average worker and 277 times more than a worker earning minimum wages. But Reynolds CEO may take the cake for most egregious income disparity compared to the tobacco farm workers who harvest his golden crop.
The strategy is to hold actions every 3rd Wednesday this summer, beginning next week on June 19th.
After tobacco farmworker advocates rallied outside the corporate headquarters of The Pantry, Inc. in Cary, NC, today, asking that company’s CEO to keep up the pressure on Reynolds to do right by its tobacco field workers, our campaign for justice will continue with other actions this month and beyond.
To honor International Human Rights Day, FLOC is asking supporters to attend local actions at Kangaroo Express Convenience Stores. Actions will take place in three different cities over the next week.
Join us in Winston-Salem on May 3 as we rally and march for justice for tobacco farm workers! Tell Reynolds it’s time to take responsibility for it’s actions and it’s supply chain.
Occupy Winston-Salem is supporting a national day of action on February 29 to call attention to the corporations that fund ALEC. They’re calling it Occupy the Corporations / #Feb29, and we are calling on our members and others who value work and condemn greed to join us.
We aren’t asking Kangaroo Chairman of the Board Ed Holman for the world. We are only asking him to join a conversation that would mean the world to thousands of his fellow human beings. Won’t you join us in sending him that message?
Come out and join hundreds of FLOC members and supporters as we demand justice for farmworkers in downtown Winston-Salem on the morning of May 6th. Carpools from various locations in North Carolina have been established to help folks get to the march and rally this Friday.
From 2010 to 2011, Oxfam America and FLOC conducted face-to-face interviews with tobacco stakeholders, including farmworkers, growers, and cigarette makers. The summary report released May 5, 2011 by Oxfam and FLOC details widespread human rights abuses in North Carolina tobacco fields.
Last week outside the British embassy in Washington, DC and British consulates in nine other major cities, supporters of justice for tobacco field hands rallied and delivered messages urging the government of the United Kingdom to pressure BAT to take affirmative action to bring Reynolds American executives to the bargaining table with FLOC.
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of local unions and union councils in North Carolina, representing over one-hundred and forty-thousand union members, fighting for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people.