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Former Maine Egg Farm Worker Files Lawsuit

From WLBZ2.com, Ken Christian, 27 Apr 2012. AUBURN, Maine (AP) – A former employee at the former DeCoster Egg Farms in Turner, Maine, has filed a lawsuit claiming he wasn’t paid overtime wages while he worked there. In his complaint in Androscoggin County Superior Court, Leo Sierra Flores of Lewiston claims he regularly worked more … 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

Hunger Pains

From MontereyCountyWeekly.com, Sara Rubin, 16 Feb 2012. With more than a quarter of Monterey County’s children living in poverty, accessing food takes priority. Children ride around on tricycles in the King City Fairgrounds parking lot. They look like they’ve gathered to play on a sunny morning, under the watch of grown-ups who stand around talking, … Continue reading

The Diary Of Joaquín Magón Entry 10: Why Does It Have to be this Way?

From CoachellaUnincorporated.org, Joaquín Magón, 13 Feb 2012. “It’s ironic that those who till the soil, cultivate and harvest the fruits, vegetables, and other foods that fill your tables with abundance have nothing left for themselves.” – César Chávez I would assume that the world would see it cruel to desert an old man because he is … 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

Trader Joe’s Grocery Chain, Coalition of Immokalee Workers Reach Accord

From News-Press.com, 9 Feb 2012. On the eve of the debut of its first Naples store – and a major protest of the event by area farmworkers, Trader Joe’s and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers have made peace. For months, the two had been odds, but Thursday afternoon, the California-based boutique grocery chain joined the … Continue reading

PBS: Farmworker Justice

From PBS.org, “Farmworker Justice” by Saul Gonzalez, 3 Feb 2012. For video report, click here. BOB ABERNETHY, host: For decades, religious organizations such as the National Council of Churches, the Catholic bishops, and others have been working with labor organizers to try to improve conditions for farm workers, and there’s been some success, most recently … Continue reading

The Agricultural 99 Percent

From Notes.Bread.org, Andrew Wainer, 18 Jan 2012. 2011 was a record year for U.S. farmers, with farm income topping $100 billion. This includes sales of $22 billion in fruits and nuts and $21 billion in vegetables and melons – crops that rely on immigrant farm labor. But even as U.S. farmers prospered in 2011, those working on farms … Continue reading

Bruce Goldstein: First Solution is to Improve Farm Wages

From ThePacker.com, Tom Karst, 5 Jan 2012. I had the chance to chat on Jan. 4 with Bruce Goldstein, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Farmworker Justice. 12:31 p.m.  Tom Karst: Thanks for taking time for this chat. I saw that Farmworker Justice had some comments on the Georgia Ag Labor report. What was the … Continue reading

Arkansas Foreign Guest Worker Firm Agrees to $1.5M Settlement of Suit over Inadequate Pay

From TheRepublic.com, Chuck Bartels, 5 Jan 2012. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal judge in Arkansas is on the verge of giving final approval to a settlement of a class-action lawsuit that would pay about 1,500 migrant workers a total of $1.5 million to make up for unpaid wages and expenses. The lawsuit was brought … Continue reading

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