McDonald's Farmworkers

MIAMI (AP) -- McDonald's will pay a penny more per pound for its Florida-grown tomatoes to boost wages for migrant harvesters.

The announcement was made today by Oak Brook-based McDonald's and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a farmworker advocacy group.

The deal involves payments for grape tomatoes that go on McDonald's salads. McDonald's U-S-A spokesman William Whitman says the increase won't mean higher prices for consumers.

McDonald's will require its suppliers to follow a workplace code of conduct that the workers will help create.

Farm workers are paid about 40 cents per 32-pound bucket. The extra penny a pound would boost that to about 72 cents a bucket.

A third party will verify that workers receive the increase.

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