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PolitiFact Florida: Did Bernie Sanders fundamentally improve the lives of tomato pickers in Florida?



Bernie Sanders says he successfully changed the lives of exploited tomato workers in Florida.

In an ad for Sanders, which ran nationally on Univision, U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., praises Sanders for taking up the plight of Immokalee tomato workers.

"He went and visited personally. Then he came back and convinced Ted Kennedy to hold some hearings, and it fundamentally changed the lives of those workers."

There is no dispute that Sanders, a Vermont senator, was a passionate defender of the tomato workers from Central Florida in 2008. A coalition representing those workers successfully reached an agreement with the growers about two years later to improve pay and working conditions. But how much credit does Sanders get, and has the agreement "fundamentally changed" the workers’ lives?

PolitiFact Florida rated the statement Half True. To see what they found, click here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 3:57pm]


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