AWPA/MSPA Violation

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Exposing the Shame: A Critical Look At Farm Worker Housing

From CivilEats.com, Gail Wadsworth, 1 Dec 2011. There is a sense of pride in this trailer park and the public spaces surrounding the trailers are, for the most part, pleasant and clean. But it’s clear that the trailers are old and in some cases unsafe. In fact, there are a couple of trailers that have … Continue reading

Blacks Say Mexicans Favored on Alligator River Farm

From CourthouseNews.com, Dan McCue, 23 Jun 2011. GREENVILLE, N.C. (CN) – Eleven black workers say a North Carolina vegetable farm made them dig holes with their hands, and used the blatant discrimination to justify firing them, to show there were no U.S. workers available, so the farm could bring in 58 Mexican workers on H-2A … Continue reading

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Ambassadors of Guatemala and Nicaragua Sign Declarations Protecting Migrant Workers’ Rights

From OSHA.gov, News Release, U.S. Dept. of Labor, 16 Jun 2011. Release Number: 11-880-NAT June 16, 2011 Contact: Gloria Della      Joshua Lamont Phone: 202-693-8666      202-693-4661 Email: della.gloria@dol.gov      lamont.joshua.r@dol.gov WASHINGTON – Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Guatemalan Ambassador Francisco Villagrán De Léon and Nicaraguan Ambassador Francisco Campbell today signed declarations that will make it easier to protect the rights of … Continue reading

U.S. Department of Labor Fines California Farm Labor Firms for Unsafe Conditions, Wage Violations

From LATimesBlog.LATimes.com, P.J. Huffstutter, 13 Jun 2011. The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered two California farm labor contractor companies to pay $91,300 in fines and worker back pay in connection to federal investigations into wage violations and unsafe worker transportation conditions. The investigations of Madera-based Mid-Valley Labor Services and Riverdale-based Ayala Corp. were launched after two … Continue reading

Barry Estabrook’s ‘Tomatoland,’ An Indictment of Modern Agriculture

From WashingtonPost.com, Jane Black, 10 Jun 2011. Lucas Mariano Domingo came to the United States from Guatemala hoping to find a job that would pay him enough to send money home. But he was soon broke and homeless. And so it must have seemed like a lucky break when Cesar Navarrete, leader of a Florida … Continue reading

Enslaved and Shot At, Migrant Workers Say

From CourthouseNews.com, Dan McCue, 13 Apr 2011. RALEIGH, N.C. (CN) – Migrant workers say farm labor contractors enslaved them after luring them to North Carolina, held them under threat of death, and shot at workers who tried to escape. Rumualdo Lainez and Marvin Maldonado claim Francisco Baltazar Sr. and Francisco Baltazar Jr. enticed them to … Continue reading

Dept. of Labor Visiting Florida Farms to Ensure Farmworkers Rights are Being Complied With

From HispanicallySpeaking.com, “Dept. of Labor Visiting Florida Farms to Ensure Farmworkers Rights are Being Complied With,” 25 Mar 2011. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is reminding agricultural workers in South Florida that their rights are protected by the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and … Continue reading

Feds Fine Marchi Farms in Pescadero for Withholding Employee Wages, Housing Violations

From MercuryNews.com, “Feds Fine Marchi Farms in Pescadero for Withholding Employee Wages, Housing Violations” by Julia Scott, 26 Feb 2011. PESCADERO — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has fined Marchi’s Central Farm $10,012 in civil penalties and ordered the farm to pay $35,710 in back wages to 93 workers, many of whom … Continue reading

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