19 Dec '12, 12pm

Will farmworker rights improve in 2013?

Will farmworker rights improve in 2013?

Richard Thornton / Shutterstock.com Farmworkers weeding in the field by hand, San Joaquin Valley, Calif. Farm owners and farmworkers may not always see eye to eye, but there’s one thing on which they do — strongly — agree: We need change to our approach to immigration. After years of ignoring the issue, Washington, D.C., has started to pay attention and may just be ready to act. President Obama has named immigration reform a top priority for his second term, House Speaker John Boehner feels “confident” that Republicans will agree to a comprehensive immigration bill, and if Obama’s expectations are met, we may see a proposal come out of Capitol Hill soon after his Jan. 20 inauguration. Farmworkers, exempt from some of the nation’s most basic labor laws, like minimum wage and overtime pay , work in one of the most hazardous occupations in the country. They face risks from st...

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