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This fact sheet examines the Fairness for Farm Workers Act, legislation to update the nation's labor laws to ensure farm workers receive fair wages and compensation. The bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide overtime and additional minimum wage protections for farm workers.
This fact sheet describes frequent violations of workers' rights and the need for reform in the H-2A visa program.
This fact sheet summarizes key findings from the recently released 2019-20 results of the U.S. Department of Labor's National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS).
Language barriers can impact the ability of individuals to access vital services such as health care. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted many of the challenges faced by limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. Health centers and other federally-funded programs aim to ensure that patients' language does not impact their ability to access health care.This issue brief will inform service providers about policies to promote language access for LEP patients. After identifying and explaining the urgency of the challenges of LEP patients, this issue brief will provide practicable and accessible solutions that service providers can implement both immediately and in the long-term. We hope providers will create their own innovative solutions to meet the language needs of the communities they serve.
This Issue brief was prepared for Farmworker Justice's Environmental Justice Symposium (May 17 & 18th, 2022) addressing the impacts of the climate crisis on farmworkers in the areas of heat stress, pesticide exposure, food security, and water access.
This brief is a summary of policy developments that affect farmworker health and access to health care. This issue focuses on heat stress and heat-related illness.
Farmworkers have not only been facing concerns about contracting COVID-19, but also the ripple effects of the pandemic, from mental health to income and food access. Due to the unique circumstances in which farmworkers live and work, they have experienced the pandemic's wide-ranging effects more severely than the general population. Moreover, due to their immigration status, many farmworkers were not eligible for COVID-19 federal or state assistance programs, compounding many of the challenges they confronted.COVID-19 has hit the farmworker community especially hard. As essential workers, farmworkers put their lives on the line, risking their health and that of their families to ensure the stability of our nation's food supply chain. The pandemic's impact on farmworkers extended beyond the threat of contracting the virus and its immediate health implications; indeed, all dimensions of life were affected.COVID-19 highlighted systemic inequities, and worsened the impacts of their social determinants of health—the conditions in the environment where people live, learn, work, and play that affect their health risks and outcomes. These social determinants of health include dangerous working conditions, barriers to healthcare, lack of sick leave, food insecurity, and technology gaps, among others.In response to gaps in access to critical emergency assistance resources, farmworker serving organizations took action to assess workers' needs, advocate for workplace protections, COVID-19 testing, and vaccine access, and identify and engage local and national support.
This booklet provides a 40-year retrospective on Farmworker Justice's work to advance justice for farmworkers. The mission of Farmworker Justice is to empower farmworkers and their organization to improve wages and working conditions, improve occupational safety and health, improve immigration status, and improve access to the justice system. These four broad goals have shaped the agenda of Farmworker Justice since the beginning. Our founders decided that a multi-faceted approach would work best in pursuing these goals. Their agenda included a strategic mix of administrative and legislative advocacy, training and technical assistance, coalition-building, public education, litigation, and support for union organizing.