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Croton residents, Croton Teachers Association and Professional Staff Association Welcome Farmworkers

May 24, 2016
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To The Editor:

 

Farmworkers and their allies are marching from Long Island to Albany to bring attention to the need for legislative action to end the inequality that currently burdens farmworkers in the state. As a Labor Leader and the Co-Chair of the Cortlandt Democrats, I am proud to announce that the Cortlandt Democratic Committee will be sponsoring the segment of the march coming through our community on Tuesday May 24th.

 

Farmworkers in N.Y. are excluded from basic protections such as the right to collective organizing, overtime pay and a day of rest. Too many still face indignities such as a lack of bathrooms and clean drinking water in the workplace.

 

Only the legislature can make these fixes, The Assembly has repeatedly passed a farm workers’ bill of rights but the republican run senate, under the thumb of the farm owner’s lobby, refuses.

 

With just a few days left in the session, I hope that the State Senate Majority, including our State Senator, Terrence Murphy (R- Yorktown) finds the backbone to stand up for farmworkers– The folks that feed us all.

 

Sincerely,

Thomas Carey

Co-Chair Cortlandt Democratic Committee

 

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