SB 21 - 087
Bill of Rights
In 2021, we worked along with 90 coalition partners to write and pass Colorado Senate Bill 21-087: Agricultural Workers' Rights. This bill was signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis on June 25, 2021!
Colorado Senate Bill 21-087: Concerning Agricultural Workers Rights
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.
The law establishes:
a right to collective action and ability to form unions,
protections against overwork and heat stress,
a prohibition against the injurious short handled hoe and limitations on extensive stooped labor
ability to access key service providers and basic necessities,
and a forum for public participation.
Sponsored by Senator Jessie Danielson, Senator Dominick Moreno, Representative Yadira Caravello, and Representative Karen McCormick, the bill had robust Democratic support in both the House and the Senate and the support of the Governor’s office
Related Press Releases
4 April 2022
Press Release: Farmworker Advocates File Lawsuit Challenging Overtime Pay Standards Rule on Cesar Chavez day
4 Oct 2021
Press Release: Leaders in the Latino Community Call on Polis Admin to Provide Equal Overtime Rights for Farmworkers
25 June 2021
Press Release: Colorado’s Historic Agricultural Workers Rights Bill 21-087 is Law
17 March 2021
SB-21-087 Pre-Hearing Press Conference
8 March 2021
SB-21-087 Community Listening Session (Video)
24 February 2021