Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo at Wednesday's bill signing ceremony

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a farmworkers’ rights bill into law Wednesday that will for the first time give the workers benefits other employees get, including time off and overtime pay.

farm tractor in field
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Farmworkers from around New York plan to gather at the state Capitol in Albany on Monday to push for legislation that would grant them the right to unionize for better wages and conditions.

Listener Essay by Chris Pawelski

Jul 27, 2013

Recently, a regular WAMC commentator discussed the Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act. I disagreed with much of what I heard. As a fourth generation onion farmer from Orange County who has dealt with this issue and the actors behind it for the past 17 years, and whose family has employed and housed seasonal farmworkers for decades, allow me to detail what the facts are.