Growers Oppose Legislation Boosting Laborer Benefits

If enacted, the Fair Labor Practices Act would provide farmworkers with collective bargaining rights and overtime pay, as well as workers’ compensation and unemployment benefits.

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According to a recent story in the Daily Gazette in Schenectady, NY, Buhrmaster Farms in Glenville would see its cost of labor double if the legislation is enacted. “One of two things would happen – the price of stuff would have to go up, or we close the door,” said president Keith Buhrmaster.

New York Farm Bureau Lobbyists are opposing the bill. According to Farm Bureau spokesman Peter Gregg, statewide, the overtime would cost farmers $200 million annually.

Read the full Daily Gazette story here.