SB 21 - 087

Agriculture Worker
Bill of Rights

We need your help ensuring that Colorado agricultural workers get the basic rights already afforded other workers in the state through this bill: Concerning Agricultural Workers Rights SB21-087.


Background:
Historically, agricultural workers have been left out of the most basic of workplace protections such as meal and rest breaks, overtime pay, the right to collective action, and even guaranteed minimum wage pay. Their exclusion is linked to institutional racism and economic inequities that go back hundreds of years. In Colorado agricultural workers are between 65-73% BIPOC, including Latinx immigrants. The industry is dominated by immigrants and other populations facing inequities who must work under grueling conditions and long hours. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that farmworkers lack basic rights and protections. It vital that the state step in to ensure agricultural workers have the same basic protections as other workers in Colorado.

 

  • Provide basic health and safety protections during the pandemic

  • Extend the right to organize to farmworkers

  • Ensure that service providers like doctors have access to farmworkers on employer provided housing

  • Ensure fair pay of at least the minimum wage and overtime based on rules enacted by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

  • Mandate rest breaks and other protections against overwork, especially in extreme heat

  • Provide powerful protections against retaliation for farmworkers who speak out about mistreatment. 

 

Solution:
We are working with Sen. Jessie Danielson, Rep. Karen McCormick and Rep. Yadira Caraveo. to pass a bill that will give agricultural workers the rights they deserve - see our community FAQs here: http://bit.ly/SB21087info  

 

How you can help:

 

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