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New Food ActivismOpposition, Cooperation, and Collective Action$
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Alison Alkon and Julie Guthman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520292130

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520292130.001.0001

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Food Workers and Consumers Organizing Together for Food Justice

Food Workers and Consumers Organizing Together for Food Justice

(p.133) Six Food Workers and Consumers Organizing Together for Food Justice
New Food Activism

Joann Lo

Biko Koenig

University of California Press

Despite being among the country's lowest paid workers, employees in the food system have remained largely invisible to the average consumer. But now, food system workers are garnering the support of consumers through campaigns for good jobs, wages, and food. This chapter highlights three organizing campaigns that are emblematic of this struggle: 1) the Brandworkers campaign at Amy’s Bread, an artisanal bakery in New York City; 2) the Teamsters campaign at Taylor Farms in Tracy, California, the largest salad processor in the U.S.; and 3) the OUR Walmart campaign at Walmart stores around the country. These cases illustrate how consumers can actively support workers who are organizing against everyday exploitation and oppression.

Keywords:   Food Workers, Worker Center, Labor Union, Labor Movement, Food System, Walmart, Consumer Politics

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