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Protesters appear at farmers market: Whose labor dispute?
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Protesters appear at farmers market: Whose labor dispute?

by Emma Higgins

Wednesday morning, at least thirty protesters carrying placards took to the street outside Fulton Street Farmers Market and marched. This is not the first time they have marched. This time they were silent, with placards that read:

"Ritsema does not pay area standard wages and benefits."

Protesters declined to explain their stance, instead directing questions to a phone number provided on available literature. When called, this phone number had no answering machine message implicating any organization or specific persons, nor have they responded to messages left requesting comment.

According to FSFM development project manager Christine Helms-Maletic, the Wednesday morning protest was premature. "To date no Ritsema employees have done any work of any kind on the Fulton Street Farmers Market site; we have not gotten to that stage of the project." Helms-Maletic explained, "At this time, MNA [Midtown Neighborhood association] is still fundraising...

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