Farmworkers, students protest outside Miami Publix

3:44 PM, Apr 1, 2012   |    comments
Dozens of farm workers and their supporters are protesting in front of the Publix headquarters.
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MIAMI (AP) - Farmworkers, students and community leaders are protesting Publix's refusal to participate in a program that helps raise the wages of Florida tomato pickers.

Protesters gathered outside the opening of a new Publix in Miami Saturday. They chanted, held signs, and a delegation went inside to speak with the store management and deliver letters from students.

The protest took place just three weeks after farmworkers and religious leaders held a six-day fast in central Florida. The activists want Publix to pay growers a penny more per pound of tomatoes. The extra pennies would then be passed to the workers.

Publix has said it doesn't set prices and that growers should add the increase to what they charge for tomatoes. Some growers fear the supermarket chain will go elsewhere if they do.

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