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File #: Res 0692-2015    Version: * Name: Extend labor protections to farm workers. (A.4762/S.1291)
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Civil Service and Labor
On agenda: 5/14/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A.4762 and S.1291, which would extend labor protections to farm workers.
Sponsors: I. Daneek Miller, Maria Del Carmen Arroyo, Margaret S. Chin, Mathieu Eugene, Corey D. Johnson, Brad S. Lander, Rosie Mendez, Vincent J. Gentile, Carlos Menchaca, Ydanis A. Rodriguez, Ben Kallos, Daniel Dromm , Elizabeth S. Crowley, Costa G. Constantinides, Helen K. Rosenthal, Ruben Wills
Council Member Sponsors: 16
Attachments: 1. May 14, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 2. Committee Report 6/4/15, 3. Hearing Testimony 6/4/15, 4. Hearing Transcript 6/4/15, 5. Committee Report 6/9/15, 6. Hearing Testimony 6/9/15, 7. Hearing Transcript 6/9/15, 8. June 10, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 9. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-10-15, 10. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - June 10, 2015
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
6/10/2015*I. Daneek Miller City Council Approved, by CouncilPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/9/2015*I. Daneek Miller Committee on Civil Service and Labor Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/9/2015*I. Daneek Miller Committee on Civil Service and Labor Approved by CommitteePass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/4/2015*I. Daneek Miller Committee on Civil Service and Labor Hearing Held by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/4/2015*I. Daneek Miller Committee on Civil Service and Labor Laid Over by Committee  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/14/2015*I. Daneek Miller City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
5/14/2015*I. Daneek Miller City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 692
 
 
Resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A.4762 and S.1291, which would extend labor protections to farm workers.
 
 
By Council Members Miller, Arroyo, Chin, Eugene, Johnson, Lander, Mendez, Gentile, Menchaca, Rodriguez, Kallos, Dromm, Crowley, Constantinides, Rosenthal and Wills
 
Whereas, According to the New York State Department of Agriculture (NYSDA), agriculture is an important sector of the State economy; and
Whereas, According to the most recent information provided by the NYSDA, New York State is the nation's largest producer of cabbage, and a leading producer of apples, grapes, pears, strawberries and tart cherries; and
Whereas, It is estimated that between 60,000 to 100,000 people work as farm workers in New York State; and
Whereas, According to the New York Times the majority of the farm workers in the State are foreign born migrants; and
Whereas, According to the New York State Department of Labor, farm workers are entitled to a minimum wage of $8.75 per hour; and
Whereas, However, farm workers are denied many of the benefits available to other workers such as overtime pay, disability insurance, unemployment benefits, and the right to collective bargaining; and
Whereas, Farm workers work long hours, up to 15 hours per day,  and often are exposed to chemicals such as pesticides; and
Whereas, Legislation has been introduced in the State Legislature - A.4762 (by Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan) and S.1291 (by Senator Adriano Espaillat) - which would extend labor protections to farm workers; and
Whereas, Farm workers deserve the basic protections afforded to other workers in New York State; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A.4762  and S.1291, which would extend labor protections to farm workers.  
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LS# 3457
April 16, 2015
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