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Celebrate February 14th as International Flower Workers' Day!

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Published on Jan 27, 2017

While most people celebrate February 14th in the United States as Valentine's Day, flower workers from Colombia are calling for it to be celebrated as International Flower Workers' Day. Colombia is the second-largest exporter of flowers worldwide, and 77% of flowers exported from Colombia go to the United States. The labor rights of flower workers are violated daily, as they often work 12-22 hours per day during the peak seasons of Valentine's Day and Mother's Day, earning little pay and suffering major health impacts from repetitive activities and dangerous pesticides. Help us to re-name Valentine's Day as International Flower Workers' Day to recognize the hard work of flower workers in Colombia and the culture of flowers that they celebrate, while also calling for better labor practices and a revised Labor Action Plan under the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement to guarantee better conditions for workers in the flower industry.

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