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OSHA fines Ideal Snacks for violations

April 6th, 2016 •

LIBERTY – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Ideal Snacks of Liberty with three serious violations and one other than serious violation. OSHA conducted two inspections of the snack manufacturer in response to complaints, one for safety and one for health. The US Labor Department agency found that workers in the laundry department […]

Local women seek to empower workers

December 23rd, 2015 • Catholic Messenger • Annette Jiménez


ROCHESTER — The Occupy movement of a few years ago led to the local creation of a group of women dedicated to empowering workers. Sisters of POWER (People Organizing for Worker Empowerment and Respect) received a $5,000 “Self Development of People” grant from the Presbyterian Church last year to focus on three areas: empowering women, […]

Mujeres locales buscan empoderar a trabajadoras

December 23rd, 2015 • El Mensajero • Annette Jiménez


ROCHESTER — El movimiento Ocupar de hace unos pocos años condujo a la creación de un grupo local de mujeres dedicado a empoderar a los trabajadores. – Sisters of POWER (Gente Trabajando para el Respeto y para Empoderar Trabajadores según siglas en ingles) ) recibió una subvención de $5,000 de “Auto Desarrollo de las Personas” […]

Biting the Hands That Feed: New York’s Immigrant Farmworkers Face Appalling Treatment

December 23rd, 2015 • The Independent • Leanne Tory-Murphy


Maria is a farmworker who lives in a small town west of Syracuse. In the 12 years since arriving in New York, she has married, started a family and become accustomed to the four seasons of her adopted home and its long bleak winters. One day last January her husband, who is undocumented, went to […]

Advocacy group presents petitions at Marks Farms

December 9th, 2015 • Watertown Daily Times • By STEVE VIRKLER

MARTINSBURG — An advocacy group for migrant workers held yet another rally at Lewis County’s largest dairy farm to present a petition seeking to bolster workers’ rights.  “We want respect,” said Francisco, one of several speakers at a rally in front of Marks Farms Dec. 7, speaking through a translator. “We want dignity for all […]

Workers Rally for Respect, Rights at Marks Farms

December 9th, 2015 • Time Warner • By Alex Valverde

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LEWIS COUNTY, N.Y. — “Sí, se puede,” or “yes, we can,” is what a group of workers and supporters chanted while marching through Marks Farms. The rally was held in support of two workers fired from the farm earlier this year, which they say was because they invited representatives of a workers’ organization onto the […]

Modern slavery: Labor trafficking is everywhere and nowhere

October 29th, 2015 • The Christian Science Monitor • By Stephanie Hanes,

Workers In the Field

It was a Friday evening when Renan Salgado received a phone call from an occupational health clinic in Syracuse, N.Y. A group of men had showed up at the medical center a few days earlier, all Mexicans, all malnourished and covered in tick bites. The health staff was worried, and they wanted Mr. Salgado, a […]

EPA Adopts New Standards to Protect Farm Workers from Pesticides

October 2nd, 2015

WXXI News By MICHELLE FAUST • OCT 2, 2015 New federal rules aim to protect farm workers from the risks associated with exposure to pesticides. Advocates in New York are applauding the changes. Now children under 18 will not be allowed to handle pesticides. Adult farm workers will have to be trained each year on […]

WJCNY’s Paola Betchart on North Country Public Radio

October 2nd, 2015 • photo by: Photo: Will Fuller, Creative Commons, some rights reserved. Article by: David Somerstein

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Oct. 2, 2015 Advocates for farm workers are praising new tougher federal rules to protect workers from being poisoned by pesticides. It’s the first time the regulations have been updated in more than 20 years. Farmers fear the new regulations will be too bureaucratic and costly to obey. Workers say they don’t go far enough. […]

Editorial: No rights, no jobs

September 7th, 2015


EDITORIALSNEW YORK DAILY NEWS 09/07/2015 4:10 AM ET TOBY TALBOT/AP Udder exploitation Just in time for Labor Day comes a chilling reminder of how shamefully New York treats its 100,000 farm workers. Under a long-standing injustice codified in state law, the hard-working people who till fields, pick fruit and milk cows are denied basic labor […]