This week, Ben & Jerry’s took its one day out of the year and gave out as many free ice cream cones as it could. But this year, we’re hoping Ben & Jerry’s will extend that generosity to the underpaid and neglected migrant workers on its dairy supply line.
Migrant dairy workers are often excluded from local labor laws, making low pay, long hours and despicable living conditions rampant. But there’s an incredible movement on the rise seeking to protect these workers called “Milk with Dignity” that is asking corporations like Ben & Jerry’s to only source milk from dairy farms that meet a respectable standard of care.
April 4th’s “Cone Day” is a nice gesture that reminds us of Ben & Jerry’s long-term commitment to social justice. We need to remind it that justice doesn’t stop at the supply line.
Tell Ben & Jerry’s to adopt the “Milk with Dignity” standard on its supply line and treat its migrant workers with dignity and respect.
Dairy farming in the U.S., where Ben & Jerry’s gets a great deal of its milk, is plagued with unsafe labor practices and disgusting living conditions. One worker reported that the trailer he lived in had sewage running from the taps and leaked incessantly when it rained. These migrant farmers work 60-80 hour weeks, never get days off and 40% of them make less than minimum wage.
Ben & Jerry’s is a corporation that’s not afraid to do the right thing and stand on its principles. It has spoken up for Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ rights and fought voter suppression in the U.S. Treating migrant, often undocumented workers like human beings is something we know aligns with Ben & Jerry’s principles -- and with Donald Trump in the White House, this kind of campaign has never mattered more.
If the lives of migrant dairy farmers are ever going to improve, we need a company like Ben & Jerry’s to stand up for them. So let’s make it.
Join us and urge Ben & Jerry’s to only sell “Milk with Dignity” in its ice cream.