Tag Archives: Fair Labor Standards Act

Protecting the Hard Working Hands

Farmworkers  are some of the most forgotten and unacknowledged workers in the United States. The general public has little knowledge of the many challenges agriculture workers face on a daily basis: extremely limited access to health care; poverty incomes; exposure … Continue reading

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AFOP Honors Congressional Champions

At its Thursday, February 14 congressional reception, AFOP presented its President’s Award to United States Representatives John Tierney of Massachusetts and Rubén Hinojosa of Texas for their continuing commitment to ensure farmworkers and their families have a shot at achieving … Continue reading

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Further Action Needed to Protect Farmworkers

This week we celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), which was signed into law on January 14, 1983. The landmark legislation serves as the backbone of protections afforded to our nation’s farmworkers. … Continue reading

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Honoring Cesar Chavez

In 1968-69, I remember first hearing about the United Farm Workers (UFW) and Cesar Chavez. Many of my friends were getting ready to participate in the grape boycott and, after hearing about the plight of California’s farmworkers, I had to … Continue reading

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Celebrating an All-Inclusive Food Day

Today, October 24th, people from all walks of life are coming together to celebrate the first annual Food Day.  Across the country, activists, educators, students, chefs, local officials, and concerned eaters will be hosting and participating in community-building and awareness-raising … Continue reading

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An Important Step Forward in Child Labor Laws

This week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released their proposal for long-awaited revisions to child labor regulations. At AFOP, we are glad to see the DOL take an important step towards strengthening the safety requirements for young workers employed … Continue reading

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Women in the Work Place

Yesterday marked the inauguration of National Labor Rights Week, a celebration which first began three years ago. The theme for this year is “Women in the Work Place.” I, along with our Children in the Fields Campaign Director Norma Flores … Continue reading

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Accountable from Beginning to End: Transparency in Supply Chains

California, often known for its forward thinking, has done it again. A recent article posted in a business newspaper announced training for a new California law that would combat child labor and slavery. This law went under many people’s radar, … Continue reading

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Summertime Suffering for Farmworker Children

School has let out for the summer and many children across the country will enjoy their vacation playing at the pool, running through sprinklers, and jumping in nearby rivers, lakes, and the ocean to beat the heat and enjoy childhood … Continue reading

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Childhood vs. Obligation: Child Labor

Millions of children are engaged in hazardous situations or conditions, such as working in mines, working with chemicals and pesticides, and working with dangerous machinery. They are everywhere, but remain unseen, hidden from view as domestic servants in homes, laboring … Continue reading

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