Labor advocates celebrated a win decades in the making on Wednesday as lawmakers approved legislation that will give farmhands vast protections already afforded to the majority of New York’s workforce.
Laborers will have the right to unionize and overtime pay as well as the guarantee of at least one day off per week under the long-stalled law.
“We in New York state have decided to say we are moving up,” said long-time bill sponsor Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Queens). “We are righting the wrongs. We are fixing what needs to be fixed.”