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Past time for equality: Give farmworkers the overtime they deserve

Past time for equality: Give farmworkers the overtime they deserve
For almost a full year since Jan. 1, 2020 — thanks to lawmakers passing the bill and then Gov. Cuomo signing the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act — tens of thousands of New York farm workers have been protected under the same labor laws as everyone else.

Cuomo signing the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act — tens of thousands of New York farm workers have been protected under the same labor laws as everyone else.In this file photo, farm workers plant strawberries at Yonder Fruit Farms in Valatie, N.That means there’s no real OT for farm workers.Denis Hughes, the former president of the state AFL-CIO, who has pushed for farm workers’ equality since he was first elected as statewide union leader in 1999, obviously supports full equality for 40 hours.

A three-person wage board meets today after holding five hearings since February on whether to lower the 60-hour threshold.Which leaves the matter with wage board chair Brenda McDuffie, president of the Buffalo Urban League for more than 20 years.

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