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21 Organizations Fighting for Labor Rights in the Food System

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 11.19.2015 | Impact
Danielle Nierenberg

From farmworkers to restaurant servers, the food system employs millions of laborers around the world to pick, package, transport, deliver, and cook our food every day. Of the 3 billion workers in the world's labor force, about 40 percent are employed in agriculture alone, according to the International Labor Organization of the United Nations (ILO).

Where Do We Stand (As We Are Able)? Latinos and the ADA 25 Years Later

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 10.28.2015 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

While it is true that we have much to celebrate with the protections afforded by the ADA, the Latino community has a long way to go in securing equal safeguards.

Farm Workers Get Same Pesticide Protections as Other U.S. Workers Under Rules Announced by UFW, Obama Administration

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 09.29.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

This action by the Obama administration ends decades exclusion of farm workers from the same pesticide rules that have safeguarded other U.S. workers for years. The new rules for pesticides now include the workers most susceptible to pesticide poisoning.

New Federal Rules Will Better Protect Farmworkers From Harmful Pesticides

Reuters | Marina Fang | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics

(Reuters) - An estimated 2 million U.S. farm workers, children and others who work or live near farm fields will have more protection from hazardous p...

G7: Coffee with Angela Merkel

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz, Founder CAFÉ FOR CHANGE, asks: Madam Chancellor, how many cents of every cup of coffee you will serve at the G7 summit will help eradicate poverty in coffee growing regions?

Honoring Cesar Chavez's Birthday by Supporting the Farm Workers for Whom He Gave His Life

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 05.31.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

On the day he would have turned 88, members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will enter an epic battle by farm workers seeking implementation of their union contract against a giant Central Valley grower -- reminiscent of 1960s farm labor fights.

L.A. School Board Tells Giant Grower to Honor Its Workers' UFW Contract

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 04.20.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday, Feb. 10 to urge a giant Central Valley grower to implement its workers' union contract.

Improving the Lives of Farm Workers in Mexico: A Shared Responsibility

Fair Trade USA | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

There are still many challenges, but a lot has changed already -- just in the last 10 years child labor has become almost unheard of on many of the bigger export farms, and more groups are now complying with Mexican labor laws. But of course, more can be done.

Take Down the Walls

Paula Daniels | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Paula Daniels

With new Senate leadership in place, legislative immigration reform is more uncertain, and President Obama's recent attempt to address aspects of it by executive order is not only understandable but a needed helping hand.

On the Day America Gives Thanks, Isn't It Time We Gave Thanks to Our Thanksgiving Workers?

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 01.19.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Immigrant farm, food and commercial workers gathered in Lafayette Square across from the White House the week before Thanksgiving Day to remind their fellow Americans of the flesh-and-blood human beings who are behind the great bounty of food all of us share on this celebrated holiday.

The Secret Life of Fruit: Five Startling Things Your Grocer Won't Tell You

Eva Longoria | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Eva Longoria

The 21st-century customer knows more than ever about which farmers are good to the environment and good for the health of shoppers. But there's one thing that promo ads won't tell you: whether farmers are good to their employees.

On Food Day, a Penny for the American Farmworker

Sanjay Rawal | Posted 12.24.2014 | Impact
Sanjay Rawal

Nearly all of the produce we eat in the United States is handpicked. Machines don't harvest our fresh lettuce, peaches, cherries, carrots, etc. People do. And as one can imagine, that work is difficult.

It Reeks of Injustice in Wasco, CA: A Latino Barrio Gets the Short End of the Pollution Stick, Again

Javier Sierra | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Javier Sierra

In Wasco -- in the San Joaquin Valley where tens of thousands of farm workers toil -- a local ordinance has approved the expansion of a railroad coal depot right next to an overwhelmingly Latino barrio.

Cesar Chavez: See It

Maurice Jourdane | Posted 06.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Maurice Jourdane

The summer of 1967, I was a law student working in California's Kern County with California Rural Legal Assistance near Delano. On Independence Day, w...

Making the Food Trade Work for All

Daniel Gonzales | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Daniel Gonzales

Fair Trade is a well-established and proven approach to supporting farmers and workers. It's also an important way for consumers to identify products that were grown with care.

Cesar Chavez Shines the Spotlight on a Man Virtually Ignored by History

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.28.2014 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Cesar Chavez is a film that spotlights the role of farm worker protectionist and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. He was a man who joined the fight...

Cesar Chavez Movie Inspires Members of Congress

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 04.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Cesar said many times that if his movement didn't survive his death then his work would be in vain.

Farmer Selfies Are Way Better Than Anything In Your Facebook Feed. Just Look.

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.28.2014 | Green

Back in December, the Irish Farmer's Journal launched a contest soliciting self-shots from farmers posing with their livestock, riding 2013's selfie w...

Secure Communities: Why Does the Kern County Sheriff Defy the Law?

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 03.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Sheriff Youngblood is boldly defying state law, an odd stand by a law enforcement officer sworn to uphold the law. The sheriff's position doesn't encourage confidence in him by the Latino community and many others in Kern County.

Farm Workers Win Case Against Gun-Toting Foreman

New America Media | Sandra Saucedo | Posted 10.23.2013 | Latino Voices

The Wild West is alive and well for some low-wage workers, but things are beginning to change thanks to a courageous group of farm workers in Washingt...

Farm Workers' Push for Immigration Reform Honors the 28 'Deportees' From 1948

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 08.30.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

This Labor Day finally brought recognition for the 28 Mexican migrant farm workers who tragically perished when the twin-engine DC-3C charter plane fl...

Farm Labor Contractors Are Nervous About Providing Health Care

New York Times | Sarah Varney | Posted 08.21.2013 | Latino Voices

HURON, Calif. — Farm labor contractors across California, the nation’s biggest agricultural engine, are increasingly nervous about a provision of ...

Immigration Bill Trying To Solve Tough Problem

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sweeping immigration legislation taking shape in the Senate will aim to overhaul the nation's agriculture worker program to create ...

Farm Workers Celebrate Cesar Chavez Day By Marching and Lobbying for a New Immigration Process

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 06.01.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Farm workers today honor his memory by battling to free themselves from the shackles of abuse and mistreatment they suffer as a direct result of their immigration status.

I Say Tomahto, You Say Exploitation

Raj Patel | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Raj Patel

What's the quickest way to get thrown out of a Publix supermarket? Is it a) to run naked through the aisles, b) to point and yell 'horsemeat!' at the deli counter or c) to query the manager about whether workers picking tomatoes are treated as well as she'd like. In my case, it was option c).