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The Farm Laborer Wage Board has agreed to establish a path toward a 40-hour work week for farmers, a decision that marks a watershed in the U.S. agricultural industry. Farm laborers currently don’t receive overtime wages until they’ve reached 60 hours of work. The decision will reduce that number by four hours per week every two years, beginning in 2024, until it reaches 40 hours by 2032. New York State’s Department of Labor will still have a final say about the board’s decision. The New York Civil Liberties Union has urged the Department of Labor commissioner to agree to the terms, declaring the industry must no longer depend on the continued exploitation of farm workers. Times Union
In other local immigration news…
NY House GOP Urges Biden to Stop Secretly Transporting Migrants
Republicans representing New York Congressional and state districts sent a letter to President Biden urging him to stop transporting undocumented immigrants from the southern border to New York and other states. Rep. Elise Stefanik, the House Republican Conference chair who penned the letter, requested the administration cease activities transporting migrants “by plane, or any other method, from the southern border to New York state.” Signatories include Reps. Nicole Malliotakis of Staten Island, Lee Zeldin and Andrew Garbarino of Long Island, and Claudia Tenney and Chris Jacobs of upstate New York. New York Post