"Food with integrity." That's what Chipotle vows to serve in its restaurants.
But for the people who prep tomatoes and peppers at Taylor Farms for Chipotle, the reality is very different. They have had enough of the chemical spills, injuries, sexual harassment, surveillance and retaliation on the job and they're standing together for a more fair workplace.
Taylor Farms is the largest fresh-cut produce and pre-packaged salad producer in the world – but the company is dead set against allowing the people who make them successful from achieving a safe and fair return on their work. Taylor Farms has illegally fired, spied on, threatened and retaliated against working people at its Tracy, California plant for joining together for a better life.
No one should have to work in such dangerous conditions. Four chemical spills at the Taylor plant since October have sent more than 20 people –including two pregnant employees – to the hospital. Taylor’s managers told the men and women working at the plant to keep working and keep quiet or else risk losing their jobs.
Taylor Farms has already been charged with 70 citations by the California Occupational Safety and Health Agency in the last year, and the National Labor Relations Board has prosecuted the corporation and its temp agencies for more than 50 labor law violations. Yet none of these investigations have registered with Chipotle – which claims to care about how its food is sourced.
In spite of the "food with integrity" pledge Chipotle commits to on its website, the burrito giant has ignored requests from the working people at Taylor to help them push their supplier to do better.
Chipotle should be condemning, not ignoring the conditions at Taylor Farms!
Companies like Chipotle have a responsibility to exert their influence over their major suppliers and give a fair deal to the working people who help boost their bottom lines.
In recent years, activists like you helped put pressure on Chipotle and other fast-food chains to commit to a life-changing raise for Florida farmworkers: An extra penny per pound of picked tomatoes. Now, with your help, we can convince the company to live up to its ethos once again. And if we turn up the pressure, Taylor Farms will be forced to shape up.