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2009-03-06 09:03:00

Immokalee Workers to Stage Theater Re-enacting Slavery Case on Steps of Old Capitol, Deliver Petitions to Governor Crist TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers: (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090306/DC80031) WHO: Farmworker members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers; religious, student, human rights, and community leaders from across the country. WHAT: Members of the CIW will travel to...

2009-02-20 14:16:04

The recent salmonella outbreak linked to 575 illnesses and eight deaths across 43 states was shown to come from a dirty peanut processing plant in Georgia. And while it is essential for food processing plants to be clean and sanitary, Temple public health professor Jennifer Ibrahim, Ph.D., says officials need to consider other possible sources of illness."Right now, all of the focus is on the state of the peanut processing plant, but no one is really looking at the bigger picture "”...

2009-02-06 10:09:00

Women may soon outnumber men in the U.S. workforce for the first time, U.S. Labor Department statistics show. Women were employed at 49.1 percent of the non-farm jobs in the United States, The New York Times reported Friday. Using data that include farm workers and self-employed wage earners, women make up 47.1 percent of the workforce, the Times said. But the recession and general employment trends have hastened the possibility that women may overtake men in employment figures. While layoffs...

2008-12-21 09:59:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Change to Win chair Anna Burger regarding the announcement today of the creation of a White House Task Force on Working Families. "Change to Win welcomes the creation of the White House Task Force on Working Families and looks forward to working with Vice President-Elect Joe Biden who has proven time and again his leadership and commitment to workers' issues. Today's announcement shows that President-elect Obama is...

2008-12-12 14:37:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Change to Win executive director Chris Chafe regarding the Senate Republicans' obstruction of legislation to provide emergency financial support for the auto industry. "The ghost of Herbert Hoover must be whispering in the ears of the Republican minority. The Republican Senate Caucus in an ideological fit threatens our entire economy as well as the hopes of working families with demands to immediately reduce wages and...

2008-09-16 15:00:37

FARMINGTON - Franklin Memorial Hospital is hosting a photography exhibit, "Farmworkers Feed Us All," which documents the lives and experiences of Maine's migrant farm workers by nationally known occupational photojournalist, Earl Dotter, and audio-documentary reporter, Tennessee Watson. The exhibit, which features photos and interviews from the 2007 harvest season in Maine, will be set up in the corridor between Franklin Memorial Hospital and Franklin Health Medical Arts Center from Sept....

2008-09-11 00:00:16

By LAURA DALE Dartmoor farmers have been refused planning permission to build an agricultural worker's home for their son for the second time. Teignbridge councillors voted to refuse planning permission for an agricultural dwelling house on land at Little Bovey Farm just minutes after granting permission for an agricultural worker's home at a Denbury farm. The Vooght family, from Bovey Tracey, expanded their livestock business to incorporate dairy farming and need more accommodation on...

2008-09-10 15:00:25

Concerns farmers won't afford high-cost labour if milk prices come down. -------------------- Many young people who enter the dairy industry have few qualifications, but get higher starting salaries than they would in any other industry, Manawatu/Rangitikei Federated Farmers vice president Andrew Hoggard said. Amalgamated Workers Union secretary Calvin Fisher said the union was still hearing many cases of workers being exploited by the farmers and given the tough nature of dairy farm work,...

2008-09-04 15:00:18

By HARDING, Evan SHORT-STAFFED dairy farmers were being exploited by southern farm workers demanding "ridiculous" wages, industry insiders said. However, Amalgamated Workers Union secretary Calvin Fisher said the union was still hearing many cases of workers being exploited by the farmers and it was "still like the wild west, to be honest" . Director of dairy farm workers recruitment company Greener Horizons Workforce Peter Macfarlane said some southern farm workers with little...

2008-09-01 15:00:11

By MORGAN, Jon THE Immigration Service has tightened its rules on allowing Filipino dairy workers into the country, frustrating dairy farmers just at the start of the milking season. The farmers say the new interpretation of the rules came without warning and has left them struggling to cope with extra workloads. As many as 500 Filipino workers have been caught by the change, leaving farmers and the suppliers of workers puzzled. The Labour Department said the change brought...


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  • A spider.
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