PODCAST: In Ohio, push to expand rights for migrant workers

(PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE) – A labor union representing agricultural workers in Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia says it isn’t waiting around for federal immigration reform to continue pushing for undocumented workers’ rights. Nearly 200 delegates recently voted to re-elect union President Baldemar Velasquez to a 14th term. Velasquez said the Farm Labor Organizing Committee plans to focus on defending workers employed on some of the state’s largest farms who often face wage and working-conditions exploitation. “Laying the groundwork for talks we want to have with some of those big farms,” he said, “and with the greenhouse industry in that Norwalk area.” According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, thousands of migrant and seasonal workers enter the state each year to work on farms, in processing plants and at other agriculture-based businesses.  

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