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Join the movement to honor North Carolina's field and poultry workers.

Our state is long overdue for reform for field and poultry workers. It’s time for better working and living conditions for the people who put food on our tables.

The Harvest of Dignity is working for:

- Safe Places to Live
- Safe Places to Work
- Strong Enforcement of Our Existing Laws

Here at our campaign HQ, you'll find the latest updates on the campaign, along with many different ways to get involved.  We need your help to make a difference!

 

Entries in general assembly (2)

Sunday
Apr142013

Support Senate Bill 662: Labor/Farmworkers’ Health & Safety Amendments

Bill Sponsors

Background

Farmwork is some of the most difficult, most dangerous and most important work in our community.  North Carolina is home to roughly 150,000 farmworkers.  The vast majority of the fruits and vegetables we eat are picked by hand.  However, the people who feed our families through their hard work are often among the worst paid and least protected workers in our state.    

Read the bill here.

Goals

 

  1. Raise migrant housing standards to ensure farmworkers have safe and dignified living conditions by requiring locks on doors and windows, allowing farmworkers to have visitors, providing locked storage facilities for personal items, ensuring access to laundry facilities, maintaining the grounds and housing, and providing separate showers for every 10 workers.
  2. Requiring the NC Department of Labor to establish procedures for identifying and prosecuting the most serious migrant housing violators, and ensuring that DOL has bilingual capacity to perform its regulatory duties.

 

Take Action
1. Contact the NC Commissioner of Labor and your legislator to ask them to support SB 662.
Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry
NC Department of Labor
919-807-2796
To find your legislator, go to:
2. Ask the Senate Rules Committee Chair to let the bill be heard.
Sen. Tom Apodaca
(919) 733-5745
(Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania)
3. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper in favor of SB 662.
Download FAN’s letter to the editor toolkit: http://www.ncfan.org/write-to-your-newspaper.  If you do write a letter, please let us know at harvestofdignity@gmail.com.
Monday
May232011

Support the bill to end child labor

North Carolina child labor law permits children as young as 12 years old and in some cases as young as 10 to labor in the fields, while in every other industry the minimum age is 14 or above. Agriculture is one of the three most dangerous industries in the nation, and yet every year across the country close to 500,000 farmworker children and youth risk their childhood, health, and well-being in order to bring food to our tables. Children in North Carolina are no exception.

The good news is that there is a bill in the NC General Assembly that will help put an end to child labor:

HB 838 Protect Youth/Family Farm Employment

Primary Sponsors: Representative Jordan (R-Ashe, Watauga), Rep. Parfitt (D-Cumberland), Rep. Howard (R-Davie, Iredell), Rep. Alexander (D-Mecklenburg)

Co-sponsors: Rep. Collins (R-Nash), Rep. Floyd (D-Cumberland), Rep. Hamilton (D-New Hanover), Rep. Harrison (D-Guilford), Rep. Weiss (D-Wake), Rep. Wray (D-Northampton, Vance, Warren)

This bill would ensure that children working in agriculture are covered by the same protections as all other industries. It would exempt children working on their family’s farm. It was referred to Committee on Agriculture.

Please call or email the bill's sponsors to thank them for sponsoring HB 838 - Protect Youth/Family Farm Employment:

Rep. Jordan (R-Ashe, Watauga)
(336) 846-1657
Jonathan.Jordan@ncleg.net

Rep. Parfitt (D-Cumberland)
(919) 733-9892
Diane.Parfitt@ncleg.net

Rep. Alexander (D-Mecklenberg)
(919) 733-5807
Martha.Alexander@ncleg.net 

Rep. Howard (R-Davie, Iredell)
(919) 733-5904
Julia.Howard@ncleg.net

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