Your editorial, "New York farm labor reforms must not be rushed," denies reality. Any legislation granting farmworkers the same rights as other workers is long overdue. The issue is not new to anyone. Eighty-one years have passed since Congress created overtime for other workers. Eighty-four years ago Congress granted other workers the right to join a union free from retaliation. California extended that right to farmworkers 44 years ago and is implementing overtime pay. Farm operators have been on notice for decades to plan for equality under the law for their employees. The NY Legislature has considered this issue before. New York should finally end the discrimination against agricultural workers in labor protections, and it should now be in a rush to pass the legislation.
Bruce Goldstein is president Farmworker Justice