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.

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

176-200 of 15251 signatures
Number Date Name Location Feel free to add comments.
15076 3.4 years ago Chris Munton Wolverhampton, ot
15075 3.4 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 3.4 years ago Susan OMalley Brooklyn, NY
15073 3.4 years ago Julian Gamble King's Lynn , Norfolk, ot
15072 3.4 years ago Patrick McCann Lake Worth, FL I am a teacher.
15071 3.4 years ago Aren Reid
15070 3.4 years ago LLoyd Downs Magalia, CA
15069 3.4 years ago Bernadette Evangelist New York, NY
15068 3.4 years ago lauren Ornelas Rohnert Park, CA
15067 3.4 years ago Marilynn Rashid MI
15066 3.4 years ago Anonymous Mill Valley, CA As a member (retired) of UTSF and therefore AFT, I urge the end of your partnerships with ANY major corporation, but especially in this case, with Coca Cola.
15065 3.4 years ago Doris Kelly Hyde Park, NY After all we do to teach our students about good nutrition. How can you?
15064 3.4 years ago Valerie Belt Pacific Palisades, CA
15063 3.4 years ago David Watson Bloomfield Hills, MI How can teachers do anything but oppose the consumption of this unhealthy and fundamentally unethical product by our students? We have a sacred covenant with the people we teach and no one can argue...
15062 3.4 years ago Barry Swan Rochester, NY
15061 3.4 years ago Carolyn Nisinson Brooklyn, NY
15060 3.4 years ago B.L. Melton Orange, TX
15059 3.4 years ago roselyn costantino state college, PA As a 40+ teacher, I cannot understand how the economics still reigns supreme over the health of our kids AND the most basic human rights and fairness to the workers Coke has exploited for decades. P...
15058 3.4 years ago Jonathan Boyne Honolulu, HI
15057 3.4 years ago Natasha Brown Laurelton, NY Using children for child labor is an injustice against society.
15056 3.4 years ago Barry Spielvogel New York, NY
15055 3.4 years ago Elizabeth Gore Berkeley, CA
15054 3.4 years ago Anonymous Coon Rapids, MN
15053 3.4 years ago Marilyn Auer Denver, CO
15052 3.4 years ago Ghelawdewos Araia Hamden, CT I will spread the word in the college I teach. The best platforms for this kind of petition and mission are the college campuses and we must do our best to utilize the latter for such objectives.
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