MONTPELIER, Vt. — Scores of dairy farm workers and activists marched Saturday on a Ben & Jerry´s factory to push for better pay and living conditions on farms that provide milk for the ice cream maker that takes pride in its social activism. Protesters said Ben & Jerry´s agreed two years ago to participate in the so-called Milk with Dignity program, but the company and worker representatives have yet to reach an agreement. "We can´t wait any more. We are going to pressure them and see what happens," said Victor Diaz, a Mexican immigrant now working on a farm in Vergennes.
Comments: They want ´a living wage´ to milk the cows.
So they will push for fair wages and housing. Ben and Jerry´s already charge stratospheric prices for their products. If their costs go up they will find themselves priced out of the market. Lots of luck for those farm workers without jobs then.
Progressives fill people´s heads with ridiculous, uncompetitive, and unrealistic trash. The people want what they are promised but over time the business either dies or replaces labor with machines that don´t care how they are treated and don´t need housing at all. Either way, the workers lose jobs. Look at the state of the uncompetitive US auto industry.
Ice cream isn´t a necessity but some silly people are already paying double for B&J. Some are probably dumb enough to go for triple the cost to keep their status symbol but many will not.
Good luck with your nice progressive little ice cream plant.
I have never had any of their ice cream. It wasn´t a protest on my part, just never did. looks like I had better get around to it before they are gone. This won´t work for them this time. It looks like they have to win the war - beat the milkers - or get priced out of the market. that goes against their liberal corporate image of lefty activism and that will spread. May take time, so I´ve time yet to try their product.
I´m confused. Ben & Jerry´s buys milk for 80 different dairy farmers. Why don´t the workers protest against their employers? A fair wage is what someone is wiling to pay for the labor. Are they being forced to work on a dairy farm?
I´ve been visiting Vermont for 20+ years. I´ve als tkarn the Ben and Jerrys tour at least 4 times. Every time, the propaganda gets stronger, and the number of employees on the assembly line goes down. The tour, btw, is almost useless.
They talk a great game, but Unilever has definitely done its best to squeeze every nickel out of this very corporate brand.
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