In the 1930s, the passage of New Deal legislation marked the beginning of a new era for workers' rights. One of the groups forgotten by the New Deal was farmworkers. After seventy years of exclusion, New York State farmworkers won the rights to a day of rest, overtime pay and the right to bargain collectively. We are now entering into a new era in which farmworkers have greater power to ask their employers for what they deserve - equal rights and dignity.
The Justice for Farmworkers Campaign (JFW) was created as a statewide educational and legislative movement aimed at giving farmworkers the same rights that every other New York State worker receives. Early legislative campaign successes included the right to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities in the fields. and the right to the same minimum wage as other workers yet. On June 18th, 2019, the NYS legislature pass the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act.
With the recent passage of the bill, farmworkers will need support from one another and allies more than ever to implement these changes. We will continue to invite you to accompany farmworkers on the road ahead for labor equality. For more insight, read this American Bar Association article on the topic.
The ability to support oneself and one's family is not a privilege; it is a right. To learn more about the JFW campaign, the history of NYS farmworkers' struggles and how you can get involved, follow the links below or contact us. We would like to draw special attention to the Farmworker Testimonies in English and in Spanish that were shared by worker leaders in Albany in January, 2018.