Farmworkers are the backbone of New York’s massive, multi-billion-dollar agricultural industry. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 migrant, seasonal, and dairy workers labor on New York farms. Yet while New York’s farms may be flourishing, most New York farmworkers are not.
Because of a carvout in New York's labor law, farmworkers are excluded from the rights to overtime pay, a day of rest per week, and workers’ compensation when injured on the job. To make matters worse, farmworkers do not even have the right to engage in collective bargaining to try to improve their conditions.
Lawmakers must make sure farmworkers have the same labor rights as every other hardworking New Yorker.