Silvia Giagnoni always remembers seeing a farmworker or migrant worker in her home country of Prato, Italy because it was part of her every day life.
cations from La Sapienza University Rome, Italy she moved to Florida, the fourth state with the most immigrants (California has the most) in 2003. She settled in Boca Raton, Florida where she attended Florida Atlantic University and received her Ph.D. in Comparative Studies.
The average pay for a tomato picker in 2008 was $400 a week which is about a 14 hour work day – six days a week – which equals to about $4.64 hour. And these same migrant workers who earn $4.64 per hour are huge contributors to a global economy of thirteen billion dollars a year. In 2008, when Giagnoni was in the process of researching this book, the Florida minimum wage was $6.79 an hour.
“Why would (growers) allow anyone other than their own management to set wage rates?” Brown added. Perhaps because the bonuses of top executives of Goldman Sachs, the primary bank holding company subsidizing Burger King, exceeded $200 million in 2006. Twice as much as the amount ten thousand tomato pickers collectively earned in South Florida during the same year.
In the epilogue Giagnoni gives the readers an update of all the people she had contact with and where they are now. She also describes Immokalee as a place that gave her purpose and the needed drive to carry on.
*Silvia Giagnoni is now an American citizen and resides in Montgomery, Alabama where she is Associate Professor of Communications and Theater at Auburn University of Montgomery.
She maintains a blog at http://anitalian
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