In the state of New York, most workers are legally protected by state and federal labor laws. In fact, most employees are so accustomed to having secure rights that they may not even be aware of all the liberties they enjoy. For example, few people would even consider working for pay below minimum wage and many workers take it for granted that the standard workweek is 40 hours or less. Though, thousands of people currently working in New York are not guaranteed many of the employee rights automatically granted to the majority. That is why state legislatures are working to improve conditions for farm laborers.
Around 100,000 farmworkers in New York are excluded from being protected under state labor laws because of an apparent exception in the state’s State Labor Relations Act. The idea that that many employees are subjected to substandard working conditions in an industry worth almost $5 billion might seem too outrageous to be true, but it is.