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The letter appeared in the print version of the New York Daily News paper on Thursday, January 11, 2024, and it can be viewed online here.

Letter to the Editor:

NY’s agriculture industry believes in fairness for everyone working on farms.

Farmworkers deserve to have their freedom of speech and due process rights protected. In fact, the industry is working to amend and improve the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act (FLFLPA) because as it currently stands, farmworkers are not provided the same collective bargaining rights as private sector workers.

NY’s agriculture industry is advocating to change the union certification process from a card check system to a secret ballot election, which is the right of all other workers in America. Importantly, this would protect the integrity of the voting process for workers.

And unlike every other union member across the country, under the FLFLPA, farmworkers do not have the right to choose to no longer be represented or to decertify. The industry is advocating to change this in order to protect farmworkers’ constitutional right of freedom of association.

Brian Reeves, president of the New York State Vegetable Growers Association


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