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October 15 2020

U.S. Department of Agriculture Cancels the Farm Labor Survey In a notice published in the Federal Register on September 30, the National Agricultural Statistics Service—an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—announced that it will cancel the Farm Labor … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: 10/15/2020

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September 18 2020

Congress Remains at an Impasse on COVID Relief Congress has yet to pass new legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic despite the continued health crisis and economic recession. Many of the protections and benefits created by the “CARES” Act, which … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: 9/18/2020

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August 19 2020

Third Quarter Data on the H-2A Program The Department of Labor (DOL) recently released its 2020 third-quarter data on the H-2A program for the fiscal year, which ends September 30. The data shows that the H-2A agricultural guestworker program continues … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: 08/18/2020

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August 11 2020

Community health centers (CHCs) play a key role in increasing health care access for agricultural workers across the U.S., providing much-needed preventative and primary care that might otherwise be unaffordable or unavailable to many.  CHCs, nonprofit clinics that provide services … Read more The Role of Community Health Centers in Promoting Health Care Access and COVID-19 Prevention for Agricultural Workers

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July 27 2020

Farmworker Justice is committed to seeking equal labor rights for the nation’s farmworkers.  Toward that goal, Farmworker Justice is pleased to announce the publication of an online interactive map and database summarizing the coverage and exclusion of farmworkers under state … Read more Mapping Inequality: Farmworkers’ Rights under State Employment Laws

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July 17 2020

House Appropriations Committee Attempts to Expand the H-2A Program On July 15, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to the 2021 Homeland Security Funding Bill that would expand the H-2A agricultural guestworker program from temporary or seasonal jobs to … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: 07/17/2020

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June 30 2020

In early June, after various months of workers and advocates pushing for much needed protections against COVID-19 for agricultural workers, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published joint … Read more CDC & DOL Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Agricultural Workers and Employers

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June 04 2020

High COVID Risk Among Farmworkers Farmworkers face a threat of high numbers of COVID-19 infections among their community. On one Tennessee farm all two hundred workers tested positive, and throughout the country farmworker communities are seeing high numbers of infections due to, … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: 06/04/2020

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June 02 2020

Farmworker Justice condemns the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis and expresses its condolences to Mr. Floyd’s family.  The Farmworker Justice Board and staff stand in solidarity with the Black community in its demands for justice in … Read more Statement of Farmworker Justice On the Murder of George Floyd and the Demand for Racial Justice

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May 21 2020

The lack of a federal standard to protect agricultural workers from heat stress endangers the health and lives of farmworkers across the U.S. Heat stress is a frequent risk to farmworkers, who often spend long periods doing physically-demanding work in … Read more New Study Shows Heat Stress Protections Prevent Kidney Injury Among Farmworkers—and Save Lives

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