We walked in to Publix expecting to be walked out way into the parking area where they usually take us. But instead we came across a manager who told us that the Head Manager who we usually speak to Mr. Joe Syzbinski was waiting for us at the the other entrance of the Publix. She was surprised he missed us coming inside but took the time to speak to us anyway. We told her what was going on and asked her to give her boss our Valentines day card for us. She listened closely and also seemed concerned when we mentioned how being a farmworker can be expecially difficult for women in an industry that exposes them to danger every day. We told her that Publix could join 11 major corporations (leaders in the Fast Food, Food Service and Supermarket industry) that were already working to improve these conditions through the Fair Food Agreement. Both interactions with managers were completely in Spanish. We felt happy that our message was received in a positive way and that with practice we have gotten better about explaining what we were there to do. We were less nervous and able to adapt to who we were talking to to make the most compelling case for signing the Fair Food Agreement.
Hope the rest of you got through V-day in tact.