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2011-04-01 00:14:18

AFOP's Health & Safety Programs Releases a Report Examining Pesticide Exposure and Its Effects on Farmworker Children Washington, DC (Vocus/PRWEB) March 31, 2011 Today, just one year after the President's Cancer Panel released its groundbreaking report highlighting environmental causes of cancer, the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) released Dangerous Exposure: Farmworker Children and Pesticides. The report, authored by AFOP's Health and Safety Programs, is the...

2011-03-30 23:01:00

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- More and more Americans are asking questions about where their food comes from, but few are going so far as to think about who picked it. Farmworkers remain in the shadows. A groundbreaking new report released today, Cesar Chavez Day, in honor of the labor leader who fought tirelessly for farmworker rights, shines a light into these dark corners of our nation's food system. The Inventory of Farmworker Issues and Protections in the United...

2011-03-03 10:00:00

Pressure mounts for Florida-based supermarket chain to sign Fair Food agreement with Coalition of Immokalee Workers in light of historic breakthrough with Florida tomato growers IMMOKALEE, Fla., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, March 5th, farmworkers from Immokalee, Florida - the men and women who harvest the state's $620 million tomato crop - will be joined by religious leaders, students, and consumers from across the Southeast in three simultaneous marches through...

2011-02-24 19:11:00

Pressure mounts for fast-growing chain to sign Fair Food agreement with Coalition of Immokalee Workers in light of historic breakthrough with Florida tomato growers IMMOKALEE, Fla., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, February 28th at 1 o'clock, a busload of farmworkers from Florida - the men and women who pick the tomatoes New Yorkers eat from October to May every year - will be joined by students and community activists at Trader Joe's Upper West Side store (72nd &...

2010-11-16 13:02:00

Report Describes Dangerous Work Conditions, Relentless Harassment MONTGOMERY, Ala., Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Undocumented women who are feeding the country with their labor routinely endure sexual harassment, wage theft and other abuses, according to a new report released today by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The report - Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry - documents the workplace experiences of immigrant women who have come to...

2010-07-22 13:53:00

Museum to visit historic landmarks, places of worship, and community centers July 25 to August 14 IMMOKALEE, Fla., July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Florida Modern-Day Slavery Museum consists of a produce truck of the same model in which farmworkers were locked and chained as part of recent slavery operations (U.S. v. Navarrete, 2008), accompanied by displays on the history and evolution of slavery in Florida agriculture. The museum's central focus is the phenomenon of modern-day...

2010-07-14 16:12:00

Employers put workers at risk when not providing adequate protection from the heat OAKLAND, Calif., July 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With many regions of the state hitting triple-digit temperatures, Cal/OSHA urges employers to make sure they are in full compliance with the heat illness prevention standard. Enforcement efforts on Tuesday resulted in the halting of two farming operations with outdoor workers at sites near Winchester. Operations at Rheingans Farms and Greenfield Inc, were...

2010-06-24 17:19:00

LOS ANGELES, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During a visit to Olvera Street in Los Angeles, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced $78,410,000 in grant funds through the National Farmworker Jobs Program. The program provides training and employment services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. It is authorized by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and is designed to counter the impact of chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by migrant and seasonal...

2010-06-24 14:57:00

LOS ANGELES, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During a visit to Olvera Street in Los Angeles, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today announced $78,410,000 in grant funds through the National Farmworker Jobs Program. The program provides training and employment services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. It is authorized by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and is designed to counter the impact of chronic unemployment and underemployment experienced by migrant and seasonal...

2010-06-16 15:25:00

WASHINGTON, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement in response to the report "Weeding out Abuses: Recommendations for a Law-abiding Farm Labor System" co-authored by Farmworker Justice and Oxfam America: "This report makes clear that farmworkers face a number of challenges and that for too long the federal government has not taken the steps necessary to empower and protect these workers. When I came into office, I...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'