For over three years, farmworkers and consumers have been demanding that Wendy’s join its major competitors – Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Subway and Burger King – in participating in the Fair Food Program. Yet, Wendy's has instead consciously and shamefully opted to profit from farmworker poverty and abuse, continuing to cling to the low-bar standards of the past when presented with an acclaimed and proven alternative.
Rather than participate in what was called the "best workplace-monitoring program” in the U.S. in the New York Times, Wendy's ran from responsibility and abandoned the Florida tomato industry altogether.
In response to increasing pressure from consumers to join the Fair Food Program, Wendy's released a new code of conduct for its suppliers, a perfect example of the failed, widely-discredited approach to corporate social responsibility that is completely void of effective enforcement mechanisms to protect farmworkers’ human rights.
That's why, on May 3, we will be boycotting Wendy's in support of the Alliance for Fair Food by:
- Hosting a vigil at a local Wendy’s calling on them to join the Fair Food Program
- Committing to a 24-hour fast in solidarity with students at over a dozen universities, who for the past few weeks have embarked on a national "rolling fast" to cut Ohio State University's on-campus Wendy's lease
- Encouraging clergy to call for farmworker justice from Wendy's by penning public statements or op/eds of support
- Hand delivering letters from clergy to a local Wendy's, calling for the fast food holdout to end its anti-worker practices
- Be creative with how you engage local Wendy’s franchises!
- Post on social media about your actions using the #BoycottWendys hashtag, and email a photos and reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Encourage fellow consumers to boycott Wendy's until they join the Fair Food Program!