Teaching Does NOT Go Better with Coke

As strong supporters of teachers and teachers' unions, we are distressed that the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is partnering with Coca-Cola.

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.

Background:
Institute for Public Accuracy: AFT Teams with Coke
AFT: Ending the Coca-Cola Boycott
AFT: AFT and Coke Pledge to Work Together Against Child Labor
CNN: Life Not Sweet for Philippines' Sugar Cane Child Workers
Corporate Crime Reporter: AFT Ends Four Month Old Coca-Cola Boycott

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 children."

"The most effective way for Coca-Cola to help end illegal child labor in places like the Philippines and El Salvador," said Ray Rogers,
director of Corporate Campaign Inc., "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 also responsible in part for the epidemics of obesity and type-2 diabetes that afflict children in the United States and elsewhere

To the American Federation of Teachers:

Stop undermining teachers' moral authority and children's health. End your partnership with Coca-Cola
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126-150 of 15248 signatures
Number Date Name Location Feel free to add comments.
15123 2.6 years ago Sandra Gregory Salem, OR
15122 2.6 years ago Brit Horne Charlottesville, VA
15121 2.6 years ago Leigh Emerson Smith S Miami, FL Educators partnering with coke is like athletes partnering with tobacco companies.
Toxic.
15120 2.6 years ago Jesse Galvan San Antonio, TX
15119 2.6 years ago Paul Reiss Princeton, NJ
15118 2.6 years ago Franka Lenz Wiesbaden, ot
15117 2.6 years ago A M Yuen MB
15116 2.6 years ago Anonymous London, OH
15115 2.6 years ago Perias Pillay Los Angeles, CA
15114 2.6 years ago Ann Lopez Felton, CA Can't imagine how a progressive teacher's union of which I am a member, can partner with such a health destructive corporation like Coca-Cola. Is addiction to soft drinks a value we want young peop...
15113 2.6 years ago Diana Watt Hatfield, PA
15112 2.6 years ago anissa Helie NY
15111 2.6 years ago Beatriz Pallanes Santa Ana, CA
15110 2.6 years ago Peter Scott Knox, IN
15109 2.6 years ago C Bloedel Mpls, MN
15108 2.6 years ago Nese Dijlay Akbas BROOKLYN, NY
15107 2.6 years ago Juliane Cazeau CA
15106 2.6 years ago Thomas Giles Laguna Beach, CA
15105 2.6 years ago Yvonne Farnsworth ogden, UT
15104 2.6 years ago Sharon Wood Greeley, CO
15103 2.6 years ago Amy Green Westfield, NJ Learning doesn't go very well with liquid poison either.
15102 2.6 years ago David Oddo San Diego, CA As a fellow educator, I urge you to do the right thing. End your partnership with Coca-Cola!!!
15101 2.6 years ago EDward Fisher Pasadena, CA
15100 2.6 years ago Robert Lujan San Diego, CA
15099 2.6 years ago Ovidiu Draghici Gatineau, QC
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