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New labour rights for farm workers

From Barry Estabrook, via his “Politics of the Plate” blog:

Photo via Barry Estabrook's blog. Original title: "Picky, picky".

“Last week, I attended tomato school.

Sitting in a room at a packing plant near Immokalee in southwest Florida with about 50 migrant laborers, I learned that I had a right to earn a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, could take regular breaks in a shady area provided by the farm—including a lunch break. I was told exactly what constituted a full bucket of tomatoes when I was working on a “piece,” or per-bucket basis. Continue reading

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