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Winston-Salem Picket and March in Support of NC Tobacco Farmworkers

From FightBackNews.org, B.J. Murphy, 6 May 2012. Winston-Salem, NC – On a hot morning, May 3, over 200 people gathered in front of the R.J. Reynolds (R.J.R) Headquarters in opposition to the very severe working conditions forced on North Carolina tobacco farmworkers. In response, the police surrounded the front of the headquarters, along with every … Continue reading

Suit Claims Hastings Ranch Exploited Drug-Addicted Workers

From FirstCoastNews.com, Jessika Lewis, 27 April 2012. HASTINGS, Fla. — A First Coast potato grower is in hot water, accused of labor trafficking. Florida Legal Services and Farmworker Justice filed a federal lawsuit against Bulls-Hit Ranch and Farm on behalf of two farm workers who said they worked at the Hastings ranch from 2009-2010. The … Continue reading

Farmers Migrant Housing Plan Leads to Lawsuit

From UpNorthLive.com, Kate Fox, 9 Apr 2012. BENZIE COUNTY [MI] — A farmers plans to improve housing for his migrant workers in Benzie County has sparked a lawsuit and charges of racism. Loy Putney, a fruit grower in Benzie County wants to reuse a vacant motel in Village of Elberta and transform it into new … Continue reading

Farming Operation Accused of Cheating Workers

From MyDesert.com, Desert Sun Wire Services, 2 Apr 2012. RIVERSIDE — A commercial farming operation and four of its contractors face accusations of cheating Coachella Valley-area migrant workers of pay and failing to provide them with basic living amenities. Calandri SonRise Farms, headquartered in Lancaster, is being sued in federal court for alleged violations of … Continue reading

Bienestar Will Build New Housing for Farmworkers in Forest Grove

From OregonLive.com, Dana Tims, The Oregonian , 27 Feb 2012. FOREST GROVE — A continued downturn in the region’s housing market is producing an unexpected upside in the form of 24 new apartments dedicated for farmworkers. Officials at Bienestar, a nonprofit organization based in Hillsboro, held a groundbreaking ceremony today for Juniper Gardens, a $5 million project … Continue reading

Migrant Workers Came, Stayed to Help Area Grow

From AZCentral.com, Dustin Gardiner, The Republic, 15 Feb 2012. When Margaret Leon Espinoza’s family first moved to Surprise in the 1950s, the community was an agricultural blip on the map compared with other Phoenix suburbs that were beginning to bustle. The primary occupation was cotton farming. There were no traffic lights until you hit Glendale. … Continue reading

Migrant Oregon

From LibWeb.UOregon.edu, John Bauguess, 11 Jan 2012.   View the photo gallery. Farmworkers who travel hundreds of miles to Oregon to find work in the Willamette Valley often endure the hardships of labor camps. During summer 1988, I joined members of Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN, or Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworker’s United) on visits … Continue reading

Fruit of Their Labors: New Farm Worker Housing

From MultiHousingNews.com, Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Writer, 18 Jan 2012. Delta, Colo.—Several years ago, southwestern Colorado growers decided to act on the pressing need to give farm workers affordable housing close to where they grow and harvest grapes, peaches, apples and corn. That spurred the development of a new farm worker housing community called Alta Vista … Continue reading

Jensen Farms Fined for Substandard Housing

From ThePacker.com, Andy Nelson, 20 Jan 2012. The Colorado cantaloupe grower-shipper linked to the deadly 2011 listeria outbreak has been fined for housing migrant workers in substandard conditions. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division fined Granada, Colo.-based Jensen Farms $4,250 for failing to meet safety and health requirements under the Migrant and … Continue reading

County Will Fund Study of Farmworker Housing

From NapaValleyRegister.com, Peter Jensen, 9 Jan 2012. Napa County’s housing director is asking the Board of Supervisors to spend about $110,000 to study the housing needs of farmworkers in the Napa Valley. The board is slated to vote on the proposal at its meeting Tuesday, and the money would come from the county’s affordable housing … Continue reading

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