Hundreds turned out on for Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day on Church Street on Tuesday.
Members of Migrant Justice were also at Free Cone Day protesting that Ben & Jerry’s hasn’t signed the “Milk with Dignity Agreement”
The group says it’s a call to increase and improve the rights of migrant workers in the dairy industry.
Migrant Justice says the Ben & Jerry’s verbally agreed to the commitment in 2015 but has yet to formally sign the documents.
“Why hasn’t Ben and Jerry’s implemented the program? That’s the question we’re asking ourselves because we the workers, we’re ready. This program is ready to go, and workers are ready to see a change and to have their rights respected,” says Enrique Balcazar, Migrant Justice
“So we’ve been working with Migrant Justice for about two years. We’ve had a contract on the table,” said, Lindsay Bumps, Ben & Jerry’s.
According to Migrant Justice, there are between 1,200 and 1,500 migrant workers on dairy farms in Vermont.