As farmworkers form first unions in NY, rights of H-2A workers questioned
Date Reported: 17 Aug 2023
Location: United States of America
CompaniesPorpiglia Farms - Employer
Total individuals affected: Number unknownMigrant & immigrant workers: ( Number unknown - Jamaica , Agriculture & livestock , Gender not reported )
IssuesFreedom of Association , Freedom of Assembly , Right to Unionisation , Excessive production targets , Precarious/Unsuitable Living Conditions , Intimidation , Right to Privacy
Response sought: Yes, by News outlet
External link to response: (Find out more)
Action taken: Porpiglia owners issued a statement denying the allegations of punishment with substandard housing.
Source type: News outlet
…For the last decade, a Jamaican farmworker has harvested apples at Porpiglia Farms. He shares his living quarters with eight others. They wash their laundry by hand. And if they perform poorly, they may be sent to live in a cramped garage.
Recently, the laborer, 42, who comes to work on an H-2A temporary visa, was among 500 farmworkers who have voted to join the United Farm Workers union…
The New York Farm Bureau and owners at the farms where the unions have formed are challenging whether temporary workers can organize or bargain collectively. The issue has become ripe following 2019 changes to the state’s farm labor laws, ushered in by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature…
Poor working conditions, particularly for those who are contracted to work under temporary visas, have led to the efforts to organize, the laborers said…
The New York Farm Bureau declined to make available the farms that are involved in the case. The president of Porpiglia Farms did not return a request for comment. Operators of other farms in the greater Capital Region and Hudson Valley, which employ hundreds of temporary migrant workers, declined to comment for this story…