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Legislative Memos

Regarding the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act

Subject: The Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act – A.4762 (Nolan) / S.1291 (Espaillat) Position: SUPPORT Farmworkers are the backbone of New York's massive agricultural industry. These workers harvest vegetables; pick apples and grapes; and feed, clean, and milk herds of dairy cows. This is grueling work, and it is also dangerous. A farm is one of the most hazardous work sites in America.

Protecting Fundamental Rights and Liberties: A Legislative Agenda for 2011


Governor Cuomo has challenged legislators, agency officials and administrators to make the operations of government more efficient and productive, more accountable, and less costly. He asks for measurable results.

Farm Workers’ Rights

Subject: A.5275/Nolan et al. S. 2248/Mendez et al. An ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to collective bargaining rights for farm laborers. Position: Support This bill would amend the labor law by removing farm laborers from the list of workers excluded from coverage under the New York State Labor Relations Act. The NYCLU supports the rights of workers to organize and bargain collectively as these rights are aspects of freedom of association. Therefore, we urge the passage of this bill.

Hate Crimes Bill

Subject: A.1573 / S.1038 Hate Crimes Bill Position: Does Not Go Far Enough AN ACT to amend the criminal procedure law, the penal law and the civil rights law, in relation to strengthening civil rights protections and to make bias related violence or intimidation a criminal offense.

Farm Workers' Labor Rights

Subject: A.7528/ Nolan et al. S.3884/ Flanagan et al.

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