The farmworker-led Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) has launched a national boycott of Wendy’s in response to the fast food company’s decision to reject the Fair Food Program, a worker-designed, proven human rights program that is preventing violence, wage theft, sexual assault, and slavery in the Florida tomato industry and beyond. As news breaks that Wendy’s has moved its tomato purchases from Florida to a supplier in Mexico where slavery was uncovered in 2013, farmworkers and consumers around the country are responding to express their deep dismay.
In preparation for Wendy’s Annual Shareholder Meeting, join thousands of people of faith around the country for a Wendy’s Boycott National Day of Prayer on Monday, May 23. Acting on our faith that calls us to justice, together we pray that Wendy’s executives will do what is right by farmworkers in their supply chain.
People of faith have played an essential role in the call to Wendy’s since the CIW first invited Wendy’s to a conversation 10 years ago, writing letters and joining farmworkers in countless vigils, marches, protests, and phone calls to Wendy’s Headquarters asking Wendy’s to respect the dignity of farmworkers. As the CIW launches only the second boycott in their history, it is more crucial than ever that people of faith and conscience make our voices heard.
After praying, call the offices of Wendy’s Board Chair and major shareholder Nelson Peltz to urge Wendy’s executives to bring the corporation to an agreement with the CIW. The below script can serve as a guide. If you'd like to involve your congregation or house of worship, you can download and print a half-page insert to include in bulletins the weekend preceding May 23.
After calling, remember to write firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief report of how your call went! And to amplify your action over social media, don't forget to tweet .@Wendys using the hashtag #BoycottWendys.
Call-in Number: 212-451-3000
Hi, my name is _________, and I would like to leave a message for Nelson Peltz.
As a person of faith allying with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, it unconscionable that Wendy’s refuses to ensure the human rights of farmworkers in their supply chain. Mr. Peltz, today thousands around the country are praying that Wendy’s join the Fair Food Program. It is time for you to use your position in Wendy’s to bring the corporation to an agreement with the CIW.
Thank you for relaying this message.