Migrant & Seasonal Workers

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Many Farmworkers Denied Workers’ Compensation Benefits

From PropertyCasualty360.com, Caitlin Fairchild, 12 Nov 2011. Migrant and seasonal workers often are not afforded coverage Although agriculture is one of the nation’s most hazardous industries, about half of all states allow agricultural employers to provide little or no workers’ compensation coverage for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Many states do not require agricultural employers to … Continue reading

Visa Delays Said to Slow Season, Harvest

From NashuaTelegraph.com, Shannon Young, 9 Nov 2011. WASHINGTON – As the fall apple harvest winds down, some New Hampshire apple farmers who depend on foreign-born seasonal labor fear visa regulations from the U.S. Labor Department will hinder farming operations. “If some year I can’t get any (foreign seasonal) workers, then I’ll have to seriously consider … Continue reading

VSU Students Help Migrant Farm Workers

From WALB.com, Jade Bulecza, 11 Oct 2011. Valdosta, Georgia – Students at Valdosta State University are helping a clinic that helps migrant farm workers. They donated food, clothes, and a space heater to the clinic in Lake Park. Their professor says despite the fact many of the students are struggling to make ends meet themselves. They’re … Continue reading

Studies Say Immigration Law Costs Farmers Millions

From OnlineAthens.com, Blake Aued, blake.aued@onlineathens.com, 9 Oct 2011. A state law cracking down on illegal immigrants led to a shortage of thousands of farm workers this summer and cost agriculture, Georgia’s largest industry, hundreds of millions of dollars, according to two studies released last week. House Bill 87, which took effect July 1, requires employers … Continue reading

Vital and Invisible: Minnesota’s Migrant Workers and Their Children

From MinnPost.com, Jeff Severns Guntzel, 5 Oct 2011. Chances are you are not particularly tuned into Minnesota’s agricultural calendar. You know the crops are planted sometime after the snow melts and harvested sometime before it starts falling again. Maybe you can name a few of the big Minnesota crops: sugar beets, corn, peas and the … Continue reading

Survey: Labor Shortage Cost Farmers $140M

From MoultrieObserver.com, Alan Mauldin, The Moultrie Observer, 4 Oct 2011. MOULTRIE, GA — Economic losses  due to a shortage of workers at harvest time in the spring may have cost produce growers in the state $140 million, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association reported Tuesday. On the same day, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black recommended … Continue reading

The Myth of the Illegal Invasion

From HuffingtonPost.com, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Correspondent, GQ; Director, The Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, 23 Sept 2011. Not too long ago, I spent a summer harvest at a migrant worker camp in Maine, reporting a story for GQ. After a week or so, I got sick of the rice and beans at the camp, so I … Continue reading

The Migrant Life

From TheSunChronicle.com, Patrick Anderson, Sun Chronicle Staff, 18 Sept 2011. Work in orchards, farms is annual rite It’s that harvest time of year. At the Big Apple in Wrentham fruit pickers from Jamaica made their annual trek to New England in August to pluck peaches and apples from the dendritic complexities of branches. Although the … Continue reading

Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis Signs Agreements with Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and El Salvador Ambassadors Protecting Rights of Migrant Workers

From DOL.gov, Dept. of Labor, 29 Aug 2011. ILAB News Release: [08/29/2011] Contact Name: Gloria Della or Joshua Lamont Phone Number: (202) 693-8666 or x4661 Release Number: 11-1278-NAT Ceremony coincides with start of Labor Rights Week WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today signed joint declarations and letters of arrangement with Ambassador Aníbal de … Continue reading

In Alabama, Immigration Law Hits Pocketbooks

From NewAmericaMedia.org, La Opinión, Editorial, 26 Aug 2011. Editors of La Opinión write that it is time for Alabama to understand that restrictive immigration state laws have serious side effects that hit everyone’s pocketbooks. First, it happened in the state of Georgia. Now, it is time for Alabama to understand that restrictive immigration state laws have … Continue reading

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