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Labor Watchdog Wants Wendy's Protesters Stripped of Tax-Exempt Status


Added 11-09-17 08:20:02am EST - “A labor watchdog group filed a complaint with the IRS challenging a worker center's non-profit status.” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “Labor Watchdog Wants Wendy's Protesters Stripped of Tax-Exempt Status”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A labor watchdog group filed a complaint with the IRS challenging a worker center's non-profit status.

The Center for Union Facts lodged a complaint to the agency accusing the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) of being a union front group organized as a nonprofit in order to avoid federal labor regulations.

The coalition is a worker center, which has successfully helped agricultural workers in Florida receive additional pay from companies that use the vegetables they harvest. The complaint says the worker center should be forced to file as a labor organization, rather than as a tax-deductible nonprofit because it serves a specific set of people, agricultural workers, rather than the general public.

"By CIW's own admission it does not serve the public at large but instead a group of workers seeking concessions from their employers," the complaint says. "We respectfully request that the IRS examine CIW's Forms 990 for 2013, 2014, and 2015, and, if appropriate, revoke its tax-exempt status."

The CIW has been one of the most successful worker centers in the country, taking on some of the largest corporations in the country. It launched a protest campaign against McDonalds that ended in 2007 after the company agreed to pay an additional penny per pound of tomatoes to benefit workers—though some workers have sued claiming that they did not receive their share of the money from CIW.

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