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U.S. SUGAR CORPORATION INVITES CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE TO SEE CANE CUTTING OPERATIONS

 U.S. SUGAR CORPORATION INVITES CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE
 TO SEE CANE CUTTING OPERATIONS
 CLEWISTON, Fla., Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Sugar Corporation announced today that it has invited the members of the Labor Standards Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Education and Labor to have lunch with its cane cutters in one of its agricultural villages.
 The lunch will be on Dec. 3, when the subcommittee will visit Belle Glade, Fla., for a hearing on the feeding, job safety, housing and compensation of Florida cane cutters. Belle Glade is in Florida's sugar growing region.
 In a letter to subcommittee members, company President J. Nelson Fairbanks noted that testimony at the hearing is to be limited to "one representative of the sugar growers and Florida Legal Services," an advocacy organization. Fairbanks added, "It would be a shame to travel all the way to South Florida from Washington only to hear about cane cutting conditions second hand."
 Fairbanks invited the subcommittee members to "take time actually to see one of U.S. Sugar's agricultural villages, eat a cane cutter meal in a cane cutter mess hall and talk to cane cutters directly."
 Most of the cane cutters in the Florida sugar industry are Jamaicans in the United States under the U.S. Department of Labor's H2A program for seasonal foreign workers.
 Fairbanks noted that U.S. Sugar is conducting an Open Harvest this year, inviting media and other interested groups to examine any and all aspects of its operations. The company has also requested a top to bottom U.S. Department of Labor audit of its labor practices. "We are committed to fixing anything that needs fixing," Fairbanks told subcommittee members.
 The U.S. Sugar Corporation has headquarters in Clewiston, Fla. It also grows vegetables and citrus.
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 /CONTACT: Robert Coker, for U.S. Sugar Corporation, 813-983-9670/ CO: U.S. Sugar Corporation ST: Florida IN: SU:


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