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.