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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 […]

Migrant workers lose jobs after standing up for rights at Marks Farms in Lowville

September 5th, 2015

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By TED BOOKER TIMES STAFF WRITER PUBLISHED: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2015 AT 12:30 AM UPDATED: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2015 AT 10:47 AM LOWVILLE — A migrant worker said he and another employee were fired at Marks Farms after standing up for their rights, claiming owners tried to create a fearful climate to silence workers. The […]

Workers Claim Marks Farms Fired Them For Standing Up For Their Rights

September 5th, 2015

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WWNY TV 7 Two workers claim they were fired by Marks Farms in Lewis County for doing nothing more than standing up for their rights. They were packing up and moving out Friday. The men claim they were fired after meeting with a group called the “Workers Center,” which advocates for farm worker rights. “The […]

Fast-food worker wage hike may impact local restaurants

July 23rd, 2015

By Michael Randall Times Herald-Record July 22. 2015 9:26PM New York’s fast food workers could see their minimum wage increase to $15 an hour under a recommendation by a state board Wednesday. The state Fast Food Wage Board voted to recommend the wage increase be phased in, with the $15 level being reached in New […]

Cuomo Task Force to Investigate Worker Exploitation in Many Industries

July 17th, 2015 • The New York Times • By ILEANA NAJARRO


Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday announced the creation of a new statewide, multiagency task force dedicated to investigating worker exploitation and abuse across a variety of industries, including restaurants, child care services and carwashes. The task force, which includes 10 state agencies and more than 700 investigators, will work alongside an advisory committee that […]

Lawsuit alleges Midtown Kingston diner violated labor laws; owner denies wrongdoing

July 13th, 2015

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By Diane Pineiro-Zucker, Daily Freeman The Broadway Lights Diner & Cafe denies allegations of wage theft included in a lawsuit just filed in federal court, a lawyer representing the business says. According to the lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court for the Northern District of New York, the diner, on Broadway at Liberty Street in […]

WATCH: Hidden In Plain Sight: Labor Trafficking In The ROC Region

July 10th, 2015

By HÉLÈNE BIANDUDI HOFER To the untrained eye, it might be hard to detect labor trafficking. Who are common victims and what does this act of illegal slave labor actually look like? There are victims of labor trafficking working in places we either visit or drive by on a regular basis: restaurants, factories, construction sites, […]