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Delgado opposes farm workers being paid the same as grocery workers

Mar 31, 2022 2:23 pm

Nick Reisman reports for New York State of Politics that Rep. Antonio Delgado has waded into a contentious state issue. Farm workers want to get paid overtime wages just like grocery workers, and everyone else, while farm owners want to continue only paying overtime after 60 hours of work a week, rather than 40. The state Department of Labor is moving to the 40-hour threshold for farm worker overtime, but getting stiff resistance from the capitalist farm owners. Delgado, who represents the 19th Congressional district, is now the first Democratic House member from New York against the farm workers getting overtime pay like everyone else. "These farms have faced a difficult farm economy in recent years, and severe market disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic," Delgado wrote in the letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul on an issue where he does not have a vote. "Lowering the overtime threshold from 60 to 40 hours adds another hardship for our farmers, and may cause many to close their doors." The story does not quote any farm workers, nor anyone advocating on their behalf. But Delgado gets his say. "Rather than move forward with the wage board’s decision, I urge you to work with farmers to find a better solution," he wrote. "Including farmer input will ensure potential changes are viable for farmers." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.