“The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 established federal standards for minimum wages and overtime pay, but the law excluded millions of domestic and agricultural workers who were predominantly people of color,” his office mentionned. “Although agricultural workers gained some minimum wage protections in 1966, overtime exclusions have persisted. The Farm Workers Fairness Act would phase in overtime pay over a four-year period. and bring greater equity to the American agricultural industry. “
As this change is long overdue, a handful of states that are home to some of the largest agricultural worker communities in the country have acted on their own to ensure these workers receive fair pay.
United Farm Workers (UFW) said that “dThanks to years of hard work and difficult negotiations, “California farm workers will have by 2022″ overtime after 8 hours just like other workers. ” Then this month in Washington, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee signed to law a bill guaranteeing state farm workers full overtime pay by 2024. In Oregon next door, the defenders also put pressure the state legislature to enact similar protections.
In Maine, the State Rep. Thom harnett introduced legislation which has been supported by farm worker organizations and labor groups like Maine AFL-CIO. “We firmly believe that all workers should have the right to organize and that all workers should benefit from the basic protection of labor law and the protections of the workforce that exist in this country,” he said. declared the executive director Matt Schlobohm Told Maine Beacon.
At the federal level, Grijalva’s office declared the Fairness Act for agricultural workers has already been included in President Joe Biden’s immigration overhaul, the U.S. Citizenship Act 2021. Although this bill has yet to receive a vote in the plenary chamber, a law puts undocumented farm workers on the path to legalization spent the chamber, and by a meaningful bipartisan vote.
Whether the Fairness for Farm Workers Act is passed as part of the President’s Immigration Bill or as a stand-alone bill, what is certain is that the racist exploitation of these workers must to cease. More than 50 Members of Congress also signed the Fairness for Farm Workers Act, including the Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, Bobby Scott. “It is unacceptable that those who endure the back-breaking work every day to protect our food supply continue to live in poverty, ”Grijalva said.
“Overtime protections are essentially a guarantee against the exploitation of the human body beyond its limits,” said UFW President Teresa Romero. mentionned. “Allowing any industry to perpetuate fundamentally racist Jim Crow-era exclusions for farm workers allows the shadow of race-based exploitation to hang over our country.” Click here to send your MP to the House urging them to support the Fairness for Farm Workers Act.