strong supporters of teachers and teachers' unions, we are distressed
that the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is partnering with
Four months ago, AFT members caused
their union to begin a boycott of Coca-Cola over its reliance on child
labor. But now the union leadership has caved.
With terms of the agreement
undisclosed, AFT ended the boycott -- and has begun a partnership to do
things like "advocating for increased educational opportunities for
Talk about a severe sugar headache!
Labor activist Ray Rogers, director
of Corporate Campaign Inc., says: "The most effective way for Coca-Cola
to help end illegal child labor in places like the Philippines and El
Salvador is not through pointless additional studies, audits and
meaningless rhetoric, but to pay sugar processors enough money to pay
fair wages to sugar cane harvesters."
The Coca-Cola company is responsible in part for the epidemics of obesity and type-2 diabetes that afflict children in the United States and elsewhere.
According to the executive director
of U.S. Right to Know, Gary Ruskin, the AFT's agreement "will undermine
the moral authority of teachers nationwide. That is a regrettable
outcome for teachers, schools, and especially our children, who deserve
so much better from their teachers."
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