Florida Farmworkers Need More Legal Protections

A tragic bus accident killed 8 legal migrant farmworkers and injured dozens more who are now caught in a legal, immigration and medical limbo because their visas have expired before their treatments are complete.
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The Florida Legislature passed a bill that could clear the way for farmworker housing

Florida’s agriculture industry hopes the bill to preempt local regulations on farmworker housing will help bring in more foreign workers.
The Scoop: WMNF Daily News Digest

The Scoop: WMNF’s daily digest of news headlines for Monday, July 24th, 2023

DeSantis and Harris butt heads When he was campaigning in Utah on Friday, a reporter asked Governor Ron DeSantis about Florida’s new state teaching standards that say that “slaves developed skills” that could be used...
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Business owner sentenced in ‘forced labor’ case involving migrant farmworkers

A Florida federal judge has sentenced the owner of a farm-labor company to nearly 10 years in prison on racketeering and forced labor charges

Farm workers union says Florida-based labor contractor still hasn’t paid stolen wages, calls for end to ‘corrupt’ visa program.

A union representing farm workers across the country Thursday delivered a petition to the U.S. Department of Labor calling for an end to what it calls corrupt practices among labor contractors who hire migrant workers...
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How will renegotiated NAFTA affect Florida agriculture and farmworkers?

President Donald Trump made a campaign promise to renegotiate the NAFTA trade deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada; the new agreement still has to be finalized and ratified by Congress. To find out how...
farmworkers; Florida agriculture; farmworkers, coalition of Immokalee workers, ciw

Climate change is making Florida’s heat dangerous for farmworkers: report

The effects of climate change on Florida are not limited to sea-level rise, more intense hurricanes and disappearing coral reefs; a new report warns that as temperatures continue to surge, outdoor workers — like farmworkers...
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Dolores Huerta reacts to judge’s rebuke of Trump’s DACA cancellation

Dolores Huerta won the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her life of organizing workers, especially migrant farmworkers. With Cesar Chavez she co-founded the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers. Huerta will...
farmworkers; Florida agriculture; farmworkers, coalition of Immokalee workers, ciw

Immokalee farmworkers will march from Tampa Publix to Wendy’s

We hear from two farmworkers’ rights groups about a major march that’s coming to Tampa this week: the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) brings its Return to Human Rights Tour back to the bay area. The Coalition...

Since Trump’s election, Tampa-area immigrants are on edge

The Southern Poverty Law Center has documented 23 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation in Florida since the election of Donald Trump and they’ve counted more than 400 nationwide; in the Tampa Bay area advocates...
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Farmworker groups march to pressure Wendy’s on Fair Food Program

Florida migrant farmworkers and their allies will march from New York to Florida next month to call attention to working conditions in the fields; the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Alliance for Fair Food...
CIW farmworkers vs Publix

Fair Food advocates oppose Publix at USF Tampa

This Friday the University of South Florida Board of Trustees will take a vote on leasing land to Publix for a supermarket on the Tampa campus. But activists for the fair treatment of farmworkers are...

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