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The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: a cooperative framework in Florida’s tomato fields

Georgia Rae Lasio

Title:
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: a cooperative framework in Florida’s tomato fields
Author(s):
Lasio, Georgia Rae
Thesis Advisor(s):
Braun, Rainer
Date:
Type:
Theses
Degree:
M.A., Columbia University
Department(s):
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
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Geographic Area:
Florida
Abstract:
Corporate responsibility for human rights violations is increasingly becoming a reality. Voluntary codes of compliance, national legislation, international standards, consumer power and non-governmental organizations’ campaigns are all playing a role in further defining and enforcing the notion of corporate responsibility. This thesis analyzes the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a worker-based human rights organization, which altered the labor relations defining Florida’s tomato fields through the implementation of the Fair Food Program. By focusing on the structure and objectives of the CIW, the thesis attempts to show how worker participation can constitute a transformative instrument within the struggle against corporate abuse. The organization’s success lies in the fact that it was able to establish its own agency against traditional power structures. It created among the workers a sense of solidarity that fostered a commitment toward changing their living and working conditions. Thus, the thesis questions grassroots approaches as a crucial path not only for the implementation of corporate responsibility programs, but also for their effectiveness and sustainability.
Subject(s):
Labor laws and legislation
Social responsibility of business
Human rights
Political science
Industrial relations
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
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Suggested Citation:
Georgia Rae Lasio, , The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: a cooperative framework in Florida’s tomato fields, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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