Urge Puerto Rican Produce Companies to Pay Fair Wages

Cameroon's agriculture: bananas

Target: Jose V. Fabre Laboy of Bananera Fabre and Jose V. Fabre Santiago of Finca La Planta

Goal: Ensure Bananera Fabre & Finca La Planta employees receive minimum wage or above

The US Department Of Labor (DOL) has filed a lawsuit against two agricultural employers: Jose V. Fabre Laboy for his business, Bananera Fabre, and his son, Jose V. Fabre Santiago, for his business, Finca La Planta. The companies operate facilities that cultivate and package produce like bananas, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables in the municipality of Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico. They are reported to have been underpaying their employees at a rate of around $6.25 or $6.50 an hour, when federal law requires a minimum rate of $7.25. An estimated $191, 402 is owed back to their employees. Call upon these two men to give a fair wage to their employees.

A DOL news release quotes Jose R. Vazquez, Director of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division’s Caribbean District Office, saying, “These agricultural employers willfully and repeatedly violated the law, and they continue to withhold payments of unpaid wages due to their employees.” Apparently, this isn’t the first offense. Fabre Laboy has been sued in the past for violating the minimum wage law and had to pay over $38,000 with $6,000 in penalties.

The employees, who are only supposed to make minimum wage, haven’t even been receiving that much. To people making minimum wage, a reduction of one dollar an hour makes a huge difference. It can mean being able to get dinner on the table that night. People can’t be treated as cost cuts. These employees deserve to not only get paid the minimum wage, but should get an increase in wages above the bare minimum. By signing this petition you are letting them know that we are paying attention and that they can’t get away with underpaying their employees anymore.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr Jose V. Fabre Laboy and Mr. Jose V. Fabre Santiago,

We demand that you stop paying your employees below minimum wage. This is not the first time these allegations have been filed against you, and it is unacceptable. The deduction of even one dollar per hour can make a huge impact on a person, especially when they are only making minimum wage. How do you expect your employees to provide for their families?

Cost cuts can’t be made when it comes to people. This is an extremely unjust way increase your companies’ profits. It is not enough just to pay your employees back the money that was rightfully theirs. These people have gone with reduced wages for some time now, and are likely living paycheck to paycheck as it is. They deserve to get a wage increase above the required minimum due to their unfair treatment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    Everybody deserves fair wages in order to survive.

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