Migrant & Seasonal Workers

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Vermont Considers Driver’s Licenses for Migrant Workers

From NorthCountryPublicRadio.org, Sarah Harris, 9 Apr 2012. The dairy industry in Northern New York and Vermont relies heavily on migrant labor. A lot of the farm workers are undocumented. That causes problems when the workers have to do simple tasks that involve driving, like going to the grocery store or visiting the doctor. But Vermont … Continue reading

Opinion: Americans Should Work to Understand Immigrants

From NewsTimes.Augusta.com, Eleanor Paschal, Guest Columnist, 12 Feb 2012. As a senior Spanish education major at Valdosta State University, I had the opportunity this past semester to work with adult English language learners at the Plaza Comunitaria in Statenville, Ga. I became acquainted with many Mexican immigrants who live and work in south Georgia. One … Continue reading

Vermont Legislature Considers IDs for Farm Workers

From WashingtonExaminer.com, Lisa Rathke, Associated Press, 2 Feb 2012. As some states crack down on illegal immigrants, Vermont lawmakers are discussing creating a guest worker program that would include state IDs for the estimated 1,500 to 2,000 immigrants who work on Vermont dairy farms and who officials say have become critical to the struggling industry. … Continue reading

Grower to Lay Off More than 2,100 Seasonal Workers

From Bakersfield.com, Jill Cowan, Californian staff writer, jcowan@bakersfield.com, 30 Jan 2012. In a move experts said is part of an ongoing trend, local fruit and vegetable grower Sun Pacific Farming Cooperative, Inc. will permanently lay off more than 2,100 employees based at its Bakersfield facility in favor of a seasonal workforce provided entirely by farm labor … Continue reading

NCFH: 2011 Assessment of the Eastern Stream of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

From NCFH.org, National Center for Farmworker Health, Feb 2012. The “Assessment of the Eastern Stream of Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers” is conducted annually by the Regional Migrant Health Coordinators (RMHC), and supported by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) as a resource for Migrant Health Centers, agricultural communities and other programs that serve farmworkers. The … Continue reading

National Farm Worker Jobs Program Available in Indiana

From ETruth.com, Jeff Burbrink, Great Outdoors, 30 Dec 2011. You may not have heard of the National Farmer [Farmworker] Jobs Program. This program is designed to help seasonal and migrant farm workers and their dependents find training and education for qualify them for more skilled jobs. To qualify for the program, the person must have … Continue reading

Labor Conditions Pick Away at Migrant Workers’ Rights

From DW-World.de, Max Pringle, 14 Dec 2011. While migrant farm workers in California pick most of the state’s fruits and vegetables, experts says too many factors are conspiring against the often illegal immigrants in their struggle for better working conditions. Few shoppers in a San Francisco area grocery store say they have spent time thinking … Continue reading

Farmworkers Face Rough Commute

From IVPressOnline.com, Chelcy Adami, 3 Dec 2011. MEXICALI — Thousands of farmworkers flood into the pedestrian lanes at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry each morning during farming season. Working hard labor in cold, wet fields is a difficult job in itself. It doesn’t get any easier when long border-crossing wait times compounded by intermittent … Continue reading

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

Pine Island Migrants Suffer After Floods

From RecordOnline.com, John Sullivan, 17 Nov 2011. No crops, no work, with winter ahead Pine Island, NY — The devastation wrought by the floods in August and September have left an untold number of migrant laborers in the Black Dirt region scrambling for ways to survive the winter. “Most of them would have been packing … Continue reading

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