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FLOC rallies, asking stores to drop the sale of VUSE, a brand of electronic cigarettes made by Reynolds American Inc.

For ten years, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) has challenged Reynolds as a leader in the tobacco industry to end human rights abuses in their supply chain by guaranteeing farmworkers freedom of association and the right to collectively negotiate better working conditions without fear of retaliation.

According to the president of FLOC, Baldemar Velásquez, in 2011, Oxfam America and FLOC released a human rights report detailing widespread abuses like dilapidated housing, sub-minimum wages, work-related illnesses, and fear of retaliation for speaking out. Reynolds’s response has been to support charity programs and issue empty standards that have had no impact on farmworkers’ lives.

In September 2017, FLOC members voted to escalate the tobacco campaign by launching a boycott of Reynolds’s hallmark product VUSE that will continue until Reynolds signs an agreement with FLOC. 

According to representatives of FLOC, as part of a national AFL-CIO endorsed VUSE boycott launch, Ohio consumers have participated in actions outside of Kangaroo, Circle K, 7 Eleven, and Wawa convenience stores calling on the stores to drop VUSE, a brand of electronic cigarettes made by Reynolds American Inc. (now owned by British American Tobacco) that contains nicotine extracted from tobacco.

In the photo are FLOC representatives and supporters at rally/boycott near 7 Eleven store, 2601 W Bancroft St., Toledo, Ohio on January 26, 2019.

For other actions in Ohio or other states, contact FLOC headquarters by visiting:  http://www.floc.com/wordpress/boycottvuse/




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