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Overtime overdue: What farm workers deserve

Overtime overdue: What farm workers deserve
David Fisher, president of the New York Farm Bureau growers’ lobby, which has ruled Albany for generations with its wholesome image of the mom-and-pop family spread, was flailing as he tried to argue against equal treatment for fellow humans because they are farm workers.

David Fisher, president of the New York Farm Bureau growers’ lobby, which has ruled Albany for generations with its wholesome image of the mom-and-pop family spread, was flailing as he tried to argue against equal treatment for fellow humans because they are farm workers.But as Hughes, the former president of state AFL-CIO and decades-long champion of the dispossessed farm workers, correctly pointed out, growers have had a pause in complying with equal labor laws for 80 years.The growers’ exceptions stem from the 1930s, when many farm workers were Black.It seems that Hughes and McDuffie will vote Thursday on their report to the governor and the Legislature recommending phasing in lowering the OT kick-in to 40 hours, that is, granting farm workers OT over time.

But justice delayed is justice denied.Human rights trump profits.

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