Farmworker’s Aren’t Making Enough!

There are some things that need to be changed in order to make a change for farmworkers. There is a law that needs to be changed it is called the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA, originally enacted in 1938, guarantees most workers a minimum wage for each hour worked. FLSA also provides for overtime pay by requiring that most employees who work more than 40 hours in a workweek be paid one and one-half times the regular rate of pay for each hour over forty hours per week. Heres the catch, this doesn’t include farmworkers though. The Minimum Wage is currently $7.25 but they only make $5.85 per hour so it puts them in poverty because they cannot pay the costs of living in a home. This law needs to be changed because this is what causes petitions and violations to their rights. If the law was changed it could impact farmworkers positively. For example, they could live in a home, feed their children, and financially support themselves. A lot people could against it because of discrimination but we could get over it by protecting the farmworkers by their civil rights. The U.S. Department of Labor could possibly help us change this law and we would pick Rep. Schrader because he passed his bill so maybe he could help us. In my opinion, this law is not good it excludes farmworkers from it and they are the ones struggling right now to live and they get their rights violated everyday so we need to put extra hand and help them out.

“No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country”– Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Johnathan R.

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