Message to Burger King

Here’s a quote from the campaign’s page: “Farm workers who pick tomatoes for Burger King’s sandwiches earn 40 to 50 cents for every 32-pound bucket of tomatoes they pick, a rate that has not risen significantly in nearly 30 years…. But Burger King — the second-largest hamburger chain in the world — has so far refused to work with farm workers and heed the call of the faith community to improve wages and working conditions for those who pick their tomatoes.”

Sojourners is involved in a campaign to send a message to Burger King. Here’s a quote from the campaign’s page:

“Farm workers who pick tomatoes for Burger King’s sandwiches earn 40 to 50 cents for every 32-pound bucket of tomatoes they pick, a rate that has not risen significantly in nearly 30 years. Workers who toil from dawn to dusk must pick two tons of tomatoes to earn $50 in one day.

McDonald’s and other fast-food chains have committed to guaranteeing improved wages and enforcing a code of conduct for conditions in the fields. But Burger King — the second-largest hamburger chain in the world — has so far refused to work with farm workers and heed the call of the faith community to improve wages and working conditions for those who pick their tomatoes.”

You can click HERE to send a message to Burger King that “Farm workers deserve fair wages!” And also, spread the word.

5 thoughts on “Message to Burger King

  1. as long as these field worker’s are illegal they have no legal standing nor do those who would give voice on their behalf. Burger King knows this. morally, I think its wrong. they are human beings made in the image of God. this desired wage increase and improvements must come from the heart of Burger King. entitlement is not free.this whole thing about the illegal immigrants (and not just from Mexico but China too)has gotten to a point where there is hatred showing from both Anglos and Latinos born here in the USA. and its unfair for both sides of the camps. I’m not for free handouts at the expense of the American taxpayer. our foriegn brothers need to get in line like everybody else. you come here to America, you walk through the process to become an American citizen. the fact that there are free handouts from our government is not the fault of these illegal immigrants. it is our white politicians! they’d say anything just to have some power, money and a title. its so messed up now. everybody on both sides of the politico have their mexican(s) cleaning their house, er, mansions and property. its an addiction! gotta get off this addiction so we can think straight and make just decisions. JUST DECISIONS not FAIR DECISIONS. outta time. sincerely – William

  2. William, I agree that the issues are complicated. Yet, God’s people are to be the voice for the oppressed. We are to confront the principalities and powers in societal structures with Spirit-led prayer and action. God’s people are to embody, demonstrate and announce the good news to the poor. God’s justice sets things right and we are to be agents of that justice as best as we can. And as you point out, there are wrongs in many different fronts and all must be addressed. But the urgent work in this situation is on behalf of those who are truly living at sub-poverty standards. I find it interesting that many Christians will boycott Carl’s Jr. because of a commercial of Paris Hilton dancing seductively or boycott a movie studio because it releases a movie contrary to their doctrines or phone call politicians protesting a gay-rights bill, but will do next to nothing regarding poverty, migrant workers, or similar issues. Companies must treat all human beings with dignity.

  3. Poverty is more easily overlook than sensuality, imo. I can ignore the poor in my town better than I can ignore the sensual images that bombard me at every turn. Also, I think American Christians are highly sensative to sensuality, but are blind to suffering. We know an awful lot about the one, and not nearly enough about the other.

  4. Jason, I hear you on the mission to the poor. I think it should (missions to the poor and homeless) be birthed from the heart and not from a church board vote or treated as an “event”. but part of the flow of the Life of Jesus Christ. nevertheless, let me tilt to the middle on on my post. I’m not one for protesting abortion clinics, boycotting this or that. again the heart of people need to change and its not gonna happen when christians get all angry (righteously indignant) and boycott over the airwaves as well! there is a saying I’m sure you heard of: (give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. TEACH that man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime). this is what I’m talking about. instruction. explaning. too many folks being preached at and told what to do but not being told HOW. and in regards to the (poor) illegal immigrants who don’t know when or where their next meal is coming from: my thought politically speaking is to bring help to them by way of instruction. how to become American citizens (nothin new) and limited treatment at hospitols. missionally speaking: if they cross our path we reach out to them the best we can and use discretion in our helping them. for example, I wouldn’t suggest taking in an illegal immigrant family you meet until they get their papers right. especially if you live in an area where everybody knows everybody. not wise. most illegal immigrants are very conscious of the fact that you must pass through the legal processes first before living here. we as Americans are expected to abide by processes in other countries too. whether we agree with the processes or not we render to caesar the things that are caesar’s and we render to God the things that are His. shoot, I find I don’t agree sometimes with things that God shows me! but I’ve got to go thru His process. more could be said but I think we just need to ready with the heart and mind of God in these matters. Psalm 112:5, talks about a giving man who uses discretion in his giving to those in need. “Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed” – Benjamin Franklin. Lord Bless – William

  5. Jason, I hear you on the mission to the poor. I think it should (missions to the poor and homeless) be birthed from the heart and not from a church board vote or treated as an “event”. but part of the flow of the Life of Jesus Christ. nevertheless, let me tilt to the middle on on my post. I’m not one for protesting abortion clinics, boycotting this or that. again the heart of people need to change and its not gonna happen when christians get all angry (righteously indignant) and boycott over the airwaves as well! there is a saying I’m sure you heard of: (give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. TEACH that man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime). this is what I’m talking about. instruction. explaning. too many folks being preached at and told what to do but not being told HOW. and in regards to the (poor) illegal immigrants who don’t know when or where their next meal is coming from: my thought politically speaking is to bring help to them by way of instruction. how to become American citizens (nothin new) and limited treatment at hospitols. missionally speaking: if they cross our path we reach out to them the best we can and use discretion in our helping them. for example, I wouldn’t suggest taking in an illegal immigrant family you meet until they get their papers right. especially if you live in an area where everybody knows everybody. not wise. most illegal immigrants are very conscious of the fact that you must pass through the legal processes first before living here. we as Americans are expected to abide by processes in other countries too. whether we agree with the processes or not we render to caesar the things that are caesar’s and we render to God the things that are His. shoot, I find I don’t agree sometimes with things that God shows me! but I’ve got to go thru His process. more could be said but I think we just need to ready with the heart and mind of God in these matters. Psalm 112:5, talks about a giving man who uses discretion in his giving to those in need. “Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed” – Benjamin Franklin. Lord Bless – William

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