Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Amsterdam, NY ,



Basic rights for all folks on the farm

Friday, June 27, 2014 - Updated: 6:53 AM

New York's just-passed medical marijuana law made history in more ways than one -- by granting labor rights to the people who will grow the stuff.

In fact, the law practically guarantees union wages and benefits for this new industry, by requiring companies applying for pot licenses to show support from a labor organization.

Which is fine for a lucky few -- but a slap in the face for 100,000 fellow farm workers who are shamefully denied basic legal protections.

Thanks to a grossly unfair state law, farm workers have no right to overtime pay, no right to even one day off per week and no right to join a union -- despite a clause of the state Constitution granting the right to organize and bargain collectively.

The Democrat-led Assembly has repeatedly voted to end this injustice, only to have reform die in the Senate, where Republicans rule with breakaway Democrats. That a majority of senators would then support special protection for marijuana growers takes the injustice to new heights.

Don't pretend they're not field hands. Even if they work indoors under factory-like conditions, they will be cultivating and harvesting a crop.

If Albany can do right by people growing pot, surely the hard-working folks busting their humps to put food on our tables deserve no less.

-- The New York Daily News


Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Subscribe to The Recorder


The Recorder Sports Schedule


The Recorder Newscast

Most Popular

    Tonko calls for more support of the MVGO bridge
    Thursday, November 26, 2015

    Stanavich brothers, Derby honored as area's best
    Saturday, November 28, 2015

    Donations stolen from holiday lights display on Lyon Street
    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Amsterdam to switch on solar array
    Saturday, November 28, 2015

    Area police agencies increase road patrols for Thanksgiving weekend
    Thursday, November 26, 2015

    Los Angeles Times Movie Guide
    Thursday, November 26, 2015

    Mario J. Greco, Sr.
    Saturday, November 28, 2015

    County legislature tables proposal on revenue sharing agreement
    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Yo Rocky! Gritty, soulful 'Creed' goes the distance
    Thursday, November 26, 2015

    Gun buyback program returns to Amsterdam
    Saturday, November 28, 2015


Copyright © McClary Media, Inc.

Privacy Policies: The Recorder

Contact Us