[h/t to A.L. As most of you know, I am a strong supporter of labor rights. I also am a major foodie and recognize the people who grow and pick our fruits and vegetables do backbreaking and necessary work. They deserve better.]
The Justice for Farmworkers Campaign is very close to landmark legislation providing overtime coverage for New York farmworkers. Your support in the closing moments of the legislative session is critical. Please broadcast widely the e-mail announcement and phone script below (also attached) and take immediate action!
If you or your organization would rather fax a message, see the attached memo and feel free to use as much of our language as you like. The fax number for Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno’s office is 518-426-6879.
Thank you for taking a moment to support an end to racist exclusions and a step toward justice in the fields.
** URGENT ACTION ALERT **
Bill Providing Farmworkers the Right to Overtime and a Weekly Day of Rest
Call Today and All This Week!
The Justice for Farmworkers Campaign is on the brink of a major step toward the equal treatment of all New York workers. We really need your help to make it happen.
Seventy years ago, our elected representatives had the good wisdom to enact overtime protections that required work hours numbering greater than forty in a week to be compensated at one and one-half times the regular rate. Because southern legislators would not stand for putting African American workers on an equal footing with their white counterparts, however, farmworkers and domestic workers were excluded from overtime coverage. Since the New Deal, New York has perpetuated their exclusion from protections such as a day of rest per week.
We are urging the NYS Senate pass into law day of rest and overtime protections for farmworkers, as a step toward ending this shameful legacy of exclusion. Over many years, New York workers have come to expect a day of rest per week and overtime pay for hours worked beyond the forty-hour work week. With the passage of this bill, they will be able to approach farm work with that same expectation.
Please Call Today! 518-455-2800
If you do not know your senator, call Senate Majority Leader Bruno at 518-455-3191
When you get the operator, just ask for your Senator’s office. Ask for the Senator, but if he or she is not available ask for a staff person who handles legislation. Also, for those ambitious people wanting to do more than one call, or for people who don’t know their senator, here’s Senate Majority Leader Bruno’s #: 518-455-3191
Hello, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [YOUR CITY/AFFILIATION]
I wanted to call to ask you to support a bill that would provide day of rest and overtime protections to farmworkers. We must end these two shameful exclusions, which are rooted in racism and that deny basic rights to farmworkers. I understand there is an assembly bill number A11425-a, and I would like [SENATOR] to support a matching bill in the Senate.
Thank you for your time.