New York State Minimum Wage Deal Includes Farmworkers, Still Falls Short
Apr 1, 2016 — Thanks to your support, New York lawmakers reached a deal yesterday that does NOT cut farmworkers out of the state minimum wage. When Governor Cuomo made statements last week that he was considering a “special modification” for the agricultural industry, you responded with a clear and powerful message: farmworkers deserve equal rights and fair wages!
Still, the deal falls short. While minimum wage workers in New York City will benefit from a substantial increase to $15/hour, upstate workers will only receive a $3.50 increase over a five year period. This is simply not enough to raise our communities out of poverty. Senate Republicans’ refusal to support a $15 minimum wage for ALL New York workers shows that they are out of touch with the needs and priorities of their constituents.
Moreover, New York farmworkers are still excluded from many basic labor protections--including overtime pay, a day of rest, and collective bargaining protections. We invite you to join us in the ongoing fight for equal rights for farmworkers by participating the March for Farmworker Justice, May 15 - June1. For more information about the march, please visit http://ruralmigrantministry.org/march-farmworker-justice.