Support International Flower Workers Day
Flower workers, who are largely women in economically vulnerable situations, have reported health issues, mistreatment by management and grueling work hours- upto 22 hours a shift between the Valentine’s and Mother’s Day months. With the signing of the 2011 Labor Action Plan following the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, the United States committed to protecting the rights of flower workers. Yet, almost 10 years later, the promises to workers have been left unfulfilled. .
Ask your representative to co-sponsor the resolution that honors International Flower Workers’ Day in the U.S. and offers symbolic support to flower workers combating labor exploitation, extreme exposure to harmful pesticides and low pay. The resolution will be introduced next Tuesday, February 16 by Rep. Mark Pocan and Rep. James P. McGovern.