Protecting Workers During Deadly Heat

In the past month, two farmworkers have died due to heat related illnesses while working in the fields in the United States. Efraín, a young 29-year-old passed away in South Florida after experiencing signs of heat illness. After trying to cool off, he got up to go back to work, but then was found on the ground unresponsive. Dario, who was only 26 years old, passed away after working in over 90-degree heat in Yuma, Arizona, during a week with record-breaking temperatures rising over 100 degrees days in a row. The deaths of these two young men are incomprehensible because they were preventable. The

FLOC Leaders go to Geneva, Cultivate Solidarity and Meet with Big Tobacco!

FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez and Secretary Treasurer Christiana Wagner attended the 28th Congress of the International Union of Food, Agriculture, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco, and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF) in Geneva, Switzerland. The IUF is an international federation of trade unions across the globe that we have been affiliated with  for over a decade now. …

2023 BAT Shareholders Meeting

On April 19th, FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez and staff attended British American Tobacco’s Annual General Meeting to share with the executive board and shareholders the human rights abuses occurring in their supply chain. President Velasquez asked BAT Chairman Luc Jobin during the meeting,

“How and when will BAT do a serious effort to engage and address the serious inequities in the workforce that comes to harvest and cultivate the tobacco in its supply chain?”  

FLOC Continues Struggle with BAT & Reynolds American Tobacco at Annual General Meeting in London

FLOC Continues Struggle with British American Tobacco and Subsidiary Reynolds American Tobacco at Annual General Meeting in London  PRESS RELEASE London, England- On Wednesday, April 19th FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez will be appearing at the British American Tobacco’s (BAT) Annual General Meeting.   President Velasquez will communicate directly with shareholders concerning the ongoing inequities and abuses …