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State lawmakers ok Farmworker Rights Bill

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State lawmakers ok Farmworker Rights Bill

STORY TO COME LATERTHIS MORNING ON GOODMORNING AMERICA.HAPPENING TODAY, THEPEOPLE YOU SENTALBANY WILL BE BACK INSESSION.THIS IS PART OF ANEXTENDED SESSION,CONSIDERING THINGSWERE SUPPOSED TO BEDONE YETERDAY.THE SENATE ADJOURNEDJUST AFTER MIDNIGHT,AND IT WILL RESUME ATNOON.MEANTIME, THEASSEMBLY IS SET TORECONVENE JUSTBEFORE NINE A-M, AFTERADJOURING JUST AFTERTWO A-M.BOTH HOUSES PASSEDMULTIPLE BILLSWEDNESDAY.ONE, WHICH THEGOVERNOR SAYS HEWILL SIGN, WILL IMPACTFARMERS -- ANDPOSSIBLY YOU.WE'VE BEEN TELLINGYOU ABOUT IT FORMONTHS.IT WILL ALLOWFARMWORKERS TOCOLLECT OVERTIMEAFTER WORKING MORETHAN 60 HOURS PERWEEK.THAT'S NEW.ORIGINALLY, IT WAS 40HOURS.THEY WILL ALSO BEGUARANTEED ONE DAYOF REST EACH WEEK.A STATE APPEALS COURTPREVIOUSLY RULEDTHEY COULD UNIONIZE.SUPPORTERS OF THISINCLUDE MANYDEMOCRATS AND LABORGROUPS.THE GOVERNOR SAYSTHIS WILL GIVE FARMWORKERS THE SAMERIGHTS AND BENEFITSAS OTHER WORKERS,AND PROTECT THEMFROM ABUSIVE WORKINGCONDITIONS.BUT WESTERN NEWYORK REPUBLICANS INALBANY, SEE THIS AS ADEATH KNELL FORFARMERS.THE REALITY ISAGRICULTURE WILL BEGONE, ANOTHERINDUSTRY OUT OF THESTATE OF NEW YORKTHIS MAY BE THE LASTSTRAW FOR FARM INPLACE FOR 12GENERATIONSFARMERS SAY, PAYINGOUT OVERTIME MIGHTCOST THEM TENS OFTHOUSANDS, FORCINGTHEM TO PASS THE COSTONTO ALL OF US AT THEGROCERY STORE.OPPONENTS




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