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Agricultural Exceptionalism!

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Robert Bejarano

on 11 March 2014

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Transcript of Agricultural Exceptionalism!

Agricultural
Exceptionalism

What is it
inhumane conditions
Allowing them to be put under
Since
National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in 1935.
About every state that has a farm, which include
California
the Fight continue
Fighting for
fair
treatment and
better
working conditions
Where is this happening?
The Stakeholder
WHY
1. the lower the cost, the higher the profit

($$$)
2. most of farm workers are
immigrant
, they are easy to exploit
3. farm workers has
low skill levels
4. high demand for fresh agricultural product
The Hardship continue today
The legislators were still in favor to grower, and not being
active
for helping farm workers or
seeking
solution.
what WE can do!!
- the act of farm workers from labor laws
being excluded
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
the laws
excluded
them from
Labor Organizing
Minimum Wages
Overtime Pay
Child Labor Laws
(1.) the
Farm Workers
!!
NOT
a Farmer
a person
working
in the Agricultural Production Industry
Exposed to
inhumane
working conditions
Unfair
labor laws
(2.) the Grower
mostly the
owner
of the farm
earning
huge
economic profit
usually do not engage in daily production
(3.)
Legislator

often supported by grower to
protect
their interest
NLRA stated the basic right of employees:
to
organize
into trade unions
engage in collective
bargaining
for better terms and conditions at work, and
take collective action including
strike
if necessary
and... The Act does not apply to workers who are
agricultural employees
O.o
then, The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938
the
FLSA
introduced
a maximum
44
hour
7
-day workweek
a national
minimum

wage
overtime
compensation
in certain jobs
prohibited
most employment of minors
and the FLSA
does not
cover farm workers
California is by far the state with the
largest
number of farm workers in the U.S.
it is
estimated
that
400,000 to 1.1 million farm workers
80,000 farms in CA
“We don't need perfect political systems;
we need perfect participation."
--UFW founder Cesar E. Chavez
Even though there is more
attention
to the situation, there is still a lot of farm worker
suffering
across the state
They are still being mistreated, exploited and
enslaved
e.g. male farm workers were kept in
boxes
, shacks and trucks on their property. The workers were
chained
, beaten and forced to work on farms (Florida, 2008)
Farmworkers are and always have been
excluded
from U.S. fair labor standards and are prevented from unionizing.
(4.)
You and Me!!
some of them
united
together and fight against injustice
1). United Farm Workers (UFW)
founded by César Chávez at
1966
2). Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)
Founded in
1993
, Florida
3.
vote
for act/law that improve life of farm workers
maximum working hour
minimum wage
more hygienic working environment
basic insurance
get involved!! Spread the word!!
Thank you! :D
1.
support
fair food
use the economical power of consumers
provide economic incentives for grower to treat farm workers better
2. Make
donation
to organizations like,
CIW
UFW
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