End expected in Mt. Olive Pickle boycott
October 2004

Agreement seen as victory for farm laborers, justice advocates

At press time, United Church News learned that the UCC-supported national boycott of Mt. Olive Pickle Company, a North Carolina-based company, was expected to come to an end—effective Thursday, Sept. 16—with a "ceremonial signing" between company executives and the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC).

The event was scheduled to be held at Community UCC in Raleigh, N.C., says Edith Rasell, the UCC's minister for labor relations and community economic development, as a symbolic expression of the UCC's long-standing support for migrant farm workers and the church's leadership role in the boycott.

In 1999, the UCC's General Synod became the first major denominational body to endorse FLOC's boycott of Mt. Olive due to extremely low wages and unsafe working conditions for its supplier- contracted workers in the state's vast cucumber fields. Subsequently, the campaign was endorsed by the National Council of Churches, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian Church (USA) and United Methodist Church.

More information on this story will appear in the November issue of United Church News.

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ucc.org/justice/boycotts/mtolive.htm.

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