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Student-Farmworker Alliance calls on OSU to 'Boot the Braids'

On Tuesday, members of the Student/Farmworker Alliance at Ohio State marched from Thompson Library to the Wendy's restaurant in the Wexner Medical Center to call on the fast food chain to defend the rights of farm workers.
On Tuesday, members of the Student/Farmworker Alliance at Ohio State marched from Thompson Library to the Wendy's restaurant in the Wexner Medical Center to call on the fast food chain to defend the rights of farm workers.
Steve Palm-Houser

As the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' campaign to persuade Wendy's to join its Fair Food Program enters its second year, college students around the country are taking the fight to their university campuses with the "Boot the Braids" campaign.

At The Ohio State University, members of the Student/Farmworker Alliance are asking the administration to cancel the university's contract with Wendy's until the fast food giant makes a verifiable commitment to require ethical labor practices from its suppliers.

To raise awareness among Wendy's customers, on Tuesday about 50 OSU students and community supporters marched from the Thompson Library to the Wendy's store in the OSU Wexner Medical Center.

The Wendy's store manager declined to speak with the protesters and asked them to leave. Out of respect for recuperating patients, the delegation was present in the medical center for less than five minutes.

Student activists have been engaged in the struggle for farm worker rights since 2005, when they had an essential role in the CIW's first successful campaign with Taco Bell.

Of the five largest fast food corporations in the United States, only Wendy's has refused to sign an agreement the CIW to bring fair pay and safe working conditions to the farm workers in its supply chain.