Support tobacco farmworkers March 1 in Cary

Keeping up the pressure on Reynolds

A 2011 report by Oxfam America and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) documented horrific abuses in North Carolina’s tobacco fields including heat-related death, child labor, wage theft, and decrepit housing.

But you can take action toward ending abuses in North Carolina’s tobacco fields! Here’s the deal:

  • The Pantry, Inc. owns Kangaroo convenience stores, the largest convenience store chain in the South.
  • Pantry’s tobacco sales are the end of a supply chain that exploits tobacco farmworkers.
  • We will be gathering in front of Pantry, Inc. headquarters with a banner and delivering a letter to their CEO insisting that The Pantry weigh in more forcefully with Reynolds to make sure labor rights for farmworkers are guaranteed.

What: Peaceful gathering and letter delivery to up the pressure on Reynolds American
When: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 3:15 PM
Where: 305 Gregson Dr, Cary, NC 27511

Reynolds American is on the defensive as they negotiate with FLOC in multi-lateral talks. A union of farmworkers and an AFL-CIO affiliate, FLOC knows the only way to improve working and living conditions is to empower farmworkers through their union to bargain a contract. What is true on the shop floor is true in the fields. Collective action – not corporate promises without accountability – is how working people can improve their lot on the job.

Farmworker leaders are doing everything they can to bring these talks to a successful conclusion, which would be a formal grievance process and collective bargaining rights. But FLOC can’t do it without the help of farmworker supporters – individuals and organizations. That means having a presence in upcoming public actions, since farmworkers themselves cannot leave the fields.

Will you answer the call to action?

For more info, contact Justin Flores (, Ana Maria Reichenbach (, or FLOC’s Triangle area volunteer, Dave Austin (