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.
- 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.
- 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.