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March 27 2021

(Washington, D.C.) – Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have introduced their respective versions of legislation to protect workers from excessive heat exposure. Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Alma Adams (D-NC) … Read more Farmworker allies in Congress introduce heat stress legislation to protect farmworkers

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March 25 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A coalition of public interest groups including EarthJustice, Farmworker Justice, and other farmworker, health justice, and conservation organizations, sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today for approving widespread spraying of streptomycin, a medically important antibiotic, on citrus … Read more Lawsuit Challenges EPA Approval of the Use of Medically Important Antibiotic as a Pesticide on Citrus Crops

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March 19 2021

Farmworker Justice sends its condolences to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in the wake of the horrific murders in Atlanta that targeted AAPI women. We stand in solidarity with the people in the AAPI communities to condemn … Read more Farmworker Justice Statement in Solidarity with Asian Americans

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March 18 2021

(Washington, D.C.) – This evening the House of Representatives voted to pass the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (FWMA). The FWMA originally passed the House in 2019, however the Senate – then led by Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – did not debate … Read more Major Immigration Reform for Agriculture Garners Bipartisan Support

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March 04 2021

(Washington, D.C.) – The Farm Workforce Modernization Act that passed the House of Representatives in 2019 was reintroduced on March 3 by Representatives Zoe Lofgren, Democrat of California, and Dan Newhouse, Republican of Washington. Farmworker Justice assisted the United Farm … Read more Farm Workforce Modernization Act reintroduced in the House of Representatives

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March 02 2021

(Washington, D.C) – At a time when more than 496,000 agricultural workers have tested positive for COVID-19, labor activists are telling Congress that the government must issue an emergency temporary safety standard to protect workers against the COVID-19 pandemic, and … Read more Iris Figueroa of Farmworker Justice testifies in front of House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS and Education

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February 23 2021

(Washington, D.C.) — Today, the U.S Department of Labor formally published the annual Adverse Effect Wage Rates for 2021, ending the Trump Administration’s attempt to slash wages under the H-2A agricultural guestworker program that would have caused an average of … Read more Lawsuit Decision Overturning Trump Regulation on Agricultural Guestworker Worker Program Wage Rates Takes Effect: H-2A Guestworker Program Wage Rates Increase Modestly for 2021

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January 21 2021

(Washington, D.C.) – Early Thursday morning, the Department of Labor announced the withdrawal of extensive regulations written by the Trump Administration that would have changed the H-2A guestworker program. The withdrawal occurred before their official publication in the Federal Register … Read more Biden’s Labor Department withdraws Trump administration’s final rule on H-2A guest worker program

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January 20 2021

(Washington, D.C.) – Shortly after being sworn in, President Biden began working to fulfill one of his central campaign promises with his proposed immigration reform bill’s unveiling. If passed, this legislation would most notably grant an eight-year path to citizenship … Read more President Biden unveils comprehensive immigration reform on his first day in office

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January 15 2021

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Department of Labor announced that it will shortly, presumably while President Trump is still in office, finalize extensive new regulations under the H-2A agricultural guestworker program. The program recently has allowed agricultural employers to employ … Read more Final rule change by Department of Labor diminishes livelihoods of U.S. and foreign farmworkers

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