Palumbo: Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Will Have Devastating Effect on New York Ag Industry
Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (R,C,I,Ref-New Suffolk) joined his colleagues today in Albany calling on the Assembly Majority to reconsider their stance on the Fair Labor Practices Act. This bill that aims to grant farmworkers collective bargaining rights, requires at least one day of rest per week, 8 hour work days, overtime compensation, unemployment insurance and workers' compensation.
Palumbo joins a host of New Yorkers in opposition who fear the legislation could have a devastating effect on the already fragile agriculture industry in New York.
This is an unreasonable thing to ask farmers and it will have dire consequences to the agriculture industry, said Palumbo. The Employees understand the nature of this work and its seasonal nature when they accept the job. Farmers cannot afford this, produce prices will rise and thousands of farms will go out of business. I think we need to tread lightly on the issue and consider the far-reaching impact this will have on our economy and the agriculture industry as a whole. Farmers already endure hardships and obstacles out of their control, the last thing we need to do is add to these burdens.