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Ideal Snacks workers march again; Company sold, to remain in Liberty

July 2nd, 2015 • The River Reporter • Fritz Mayer

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July 1, 2015 — LIBERTY, NY — A crowd of about 70 people, which included workers fired from Ideal Snacks in May, gathered at Lapolt Park in Liberty on June 26 for another march through to town to the company’s location. Some 200 workers were fired over documentation related to their residency status, and the […]

Farmworker Bill of Rights

June 18th, 2015 • In These Times • Elizabeth Grossman

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The New York State workers whose benefits most often make headlines are the Wall Streeters who took home an average bonus of $172,860 in 2014. That’s almost ten times what many of New York’s estimated 60,000 to 100,000 farmworkers earn annually. What’s more, farmworkers in New York are not currently guaranteed a full 24-hour day off each week. […]

Rally on Friday to raise awareness for immigrant dairy farm workers rights

April 29th, 2015 • By WHITNEY RANDOLPH TIMES STAFF WRITER PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015 AT 12:30 AM

By WHITNEY RANDOLPH Watertown Daily Times PUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015 AT 12:30 AM LOWVILLE — Three organizations that support immigrant farmworkers will hold a rally Friday in response to an alleged incident in which a Marks Farms immigrant employee was beaten and fired by a farm supervisor. The rally also is in commemoration of […]

Panelists urge crowd to help fight human trafficking

April 1st, 2015

By SETH WALLACE  The Palladium-Times OSWEGO — More than 150 people packed a conference room at SUNY Oswego Tuesday to hear from four experts on the subject of human trafficking in New York state.

Father of Migrant Worker Killed in Albion Pushes for Change

March 20th, 2015

By Tara Grimes Friday, March 20, 2015 at 09:05 PM EDT ALBION, N.Y. — A man whose son died while working as a migrant worker on an Albion farm said he wants to see more training and protection for migrant workers. On Friday, Daniel Larios Sr. visited the field where his son, Luis Daniel Larios […]

Father of Mexican worker killed in farm accident attends vigil in Albion

March 20th, 2015

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By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 March 2015 ALBION – Daniel Larios Hernandez said his son was hard-working and determined to provide for his family, which included his wife Teresa and 4-year-old daughter Citlalli of Jalisco, Mexico. Luis Daniel Larios Hernandez, or “Dani,” had worked in the United States at farms in Florida and California. […]

As Immigrants Settle Beyond City Limits, Help Is Hard to Find

February 17th, 2015 • New York Times • Kirk Semple

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Carly Fox, a legal rights advocate with the Worker Justice Center of New York, visited farm workers upstate this month.  Credit Brendan Bannon for The New York Times              

Sex Slaves on the Farm

February 5th, 2015

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Newsweek BY MAX KUTNER / FEBRUARY 5, 2015 9:43 AM EST From the passenger seat of the red Camaro convertible hurtling away from Southampton Road, Janet watched the scenery change from one-story houses to tobacco fields and apple orchards. She had come to Charlotte, North Carolina, to work on a farm, but she wasn’t going to be picking—she […]

Yogurt boom, labor shortage puts New York dairy industry in middle of immigration debate

February 2nd, 2015

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Auburn Citizen February 02, 2015 6:05 am  By Ryan Deffenbaugh   Thanks to a spike in yogurt consumption and production, the dairy industry in New York is booming. But with that comes an issue of its own: where to find workers. New York is now the third largest state for U.S. dairy production, trailing only […]

Locavore movement overlooks farmworkers

January 16th, 2015

Enviro Close-Up Winter 2015 By Karl Grossman Date: Friday, January 16, 2015 Locally-grown food from small farms, an alternative to food from “factory farms,” has become, thankfully, popular across the U.S, including the area covered by the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club. On Long Island, where I live, Suffolk County remains the top agricultural […]