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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151-175 of 15248 signatures
Number Date Name Location Feel free to add comments.
15098 2.6 years ago Jon Krampner Los Angeles, CA
15097 2.6 years ago Mary Singaus St. Louis, MO
15096 2.6 years ago Andy Griggs Los Angeles, CA
15095 2.6 years ago Mary Joyce Moeller Ft. Thomas, KY
15094 2.6 years ago Daniel Campbell Joliet, IL
15093 2.6 years ago Margaret Matlin Linwood, NY
15092 2.6 years ago jay chavez philadelphia, NJ
15091 2.6 years ago julio wilchres Aventura, FL Education and coke do not mix!
15090 2.6 years ago Gustavo Jimenez nyc, NY
15089 2.6 years ago Dan Grossano NJ
15088 2.6 years ago Dan Grossano NJ
15087 2.6 years ago Leona Bochantin St Louis, MO
15086 2.6 years ago Claudia Frantz Shingle Springs, CA
15085 2.6 years ago mark holle Madison, WI
15084 2.6 years ago Donna Meyers stowe, PA
15083 2.6 years ago Tana Cahill Portland , OR
15082 2.6 years ago martin hittelman los Angeles , CA
15081 2.6 years ago Bob Greenberg Brooklyn, NY
15080 2.6 years ago Stuart Ridgway Woy Woy, New South Wales, ot
15079 2.6 years ago Cindy Feist Tacoma, WA As a union organizer this is troubling!
15078 2.6 years ago Rosalinda Peraldo Dan Rosazza, ot
15077 2.6 years ago Michael Stypa Fountain Hills, AZ
15076 2.6 years ago Chris Munton Wolverhampton, ot
15075 2.6 years ago xian franzinger barrett Chicago, IL I'm a member and proud unionist. Coca Cola's consistent record of supporting child labor and murderous anti-unionism runs against the core values of AFT and basic human decency.
15074 2.6 years ago Susan OMalley Brooklyn, NY
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