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September 07 2021

FARMWORKER LABOR LITIGATION Farmworker Justice Joins Action Challenging the DOL’s Procedures for Setting Prevailing Wage Rates in H-2A Agricultural Guestworker Program Torres & Familias Unidas por la Justicia v. United States Department of Labor, Case No. 1:20-cv-03241-SMJ, (E.D. Washington 2021): Farmworker … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: September 7, 2021

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August 19 2021

Farmworkers have suffered disproportionately from COVID-19. Although vaccines dramatically reduce COVID-19 transmission and protect against severe illness, farmworkers continue to face numerous barriers to vaccination, including access and misinformation. A wide range of partners have come together to develop solutions … Read more Building Stronger, Healthier Farmworker Communities Together to Confront the COVID-19 Pandemic – August 19, 2021

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August 02 2021

FARMWORKER LABOR LITIGATION  Wage Theft and Human Trafficking Case Settled  Aguilar Villagomez v. Lautieri (D.Ore.) Farmworker Justice and co-counsel recently settled a federal lawsuit on behalf of an Oregon cannabis worker involving wage and hour and human trafficking claims. In … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: July 16, 2021

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June 19 2021

David Weil Nominated to be Wage and Hour Administrator The Biden administration has nominated David Weil to lead the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, where he would be in charge of enforcing federal minimum wage and overtime law. … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: June 18, 2021

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May 21 2021

Farmworker Justice Testifies on Need for Immigration Reform Farmworker Justice President Bruce Goldstein testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Security on May 12, 2021.  The hearing, “The Essential Role of Immigrant Workers … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: May 21, 2021

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April 26 2021

  House Passes the Farm Workforce Modernization Act  On March 18, 2021, the House passed the “Farm Workforce Modernization Act,” HR 1603 (FWMA), by a vote of 247-174. The bill resulted from long, difficult negotiations among Democrats, Republicans, agricultural employers, … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: April 26, 2021

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April 26 2021

By Isabel Gross, Project Coordinator for Occupational Safety and Health As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, I lived and worked in an indigenous community where the women wore traditional dress and the primary language was Maya K’iche.  Although many … Read more Indigenous Farmworkers Face Unique Barriers to Healthcare – April 26, 2021

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March 17 2021

House Prepares to Vote on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a Major Immigration Reform Bill              Tomorrow (March 18th), the House will vote on the “Farm Workforce Modernization Act” (HR 1603) and the “Dream and Promise Act” (HR 6). If … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: March 17, 2021 – Immigration Bill Vote Imminent

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February 26 2021

The Department of Labor (DOL) has formally published the annual Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs) for 2021 for the H-2A temporary foreign agricultural worker program. The rates, which are based on regional wage surveys conducted by the USDA, have increased … Read more DOL Publishes New Adverse Effect Wage Rates Based on USDA’s New Farm Labor Report – H-2A Wage Rates Increased in 2021

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February 19 2021

USDA Publishes New Farm Labor Survey Report – H-2A Wage Rates Will Increase The Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Services (NASS) published its 2020 Farm Labor Report on February 11, 2021. The report was released later than usual after … Read more Farmworker Justice Update: February 19, 2021

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