On May 7th, Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO including two buses from Ohio, marched with members and allies at Reynolds American’s annual shareholders meeting to call on the company to sign an agreement with FLOC guaranteeing freedom of association to all farm workers in their supply chain!
“Movement has bee slow, but we are committed to winning justice for the tobacco field workers at Reynolds American,” said FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez. “Workers living in squalid conditions in their camps and fear of retaliation still are on our front burner of demands. They deserve the right to self-determination in their labor negotiations.”
For the 7th year, FLOC has been pressuring tobacco companies to sign an agreement guaranteeing labor rights in their supply chain. In the last two years, FLOC has been in discussions with multiple tobacco companies around a solution to the abuses in NC tobacco fields.
However, the industry would rather implement programs that only touch the surface of the issues in the NC fields rather than sign an agreement with FLOC, guaranteeing labor rights in their supply chain, so workers can negotiate their own solutions. So until they sign an agreement, this campaign Continues!
Thanks to all who marched on May 7th as we will held a march and demonstration at the Reynolds American Headquarters in Winston-Salem, NC.