Supporters rally for Farm Worker Fair Labor Act
Advocates for a farm workers ‘Bill of Rights’ head to Albany to push for their cause, and they're incorporating a program to get kids and teachers involved as well. YNN’s Nick Reisman reports.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Those in favor of the Farm Worker Fair Labor Act gathered in Albany to call on state lawmakers to pass the measure.
The so called farm workers' "Bill of Rights" is a goal of those who advocate on behalf of agricultural workers.
Some farmers oppose the measure. They say it would impose tough regulations on them.
Those in favor though, including Kerry Kennedy with the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, say it could pass this year. Lawmakers and members of the State United Teachers union outlined the bill at the Capitol, which includes a curriculum that teaches students the values of farm workers.
"What they're going to take on is passing this legislation in the state of New York so that farm workers, so that we get rid of the last of the Jim Crow laws in this state and farm workers get the same rights that every deli worker and every other worker and everybody in this room works under," said Kennedy.
The Farm Bureau is among those that oppose the measure. It says workers are already treated fairly and given a fair day’s pay.