Thread: Ever think about the logistics of the food on your plate and the human costs of our food supply? #WeFeedYou
When it rains, workers either wait (unpaid) for the storm to lift, or go to work in the rain among slippery, muddy rows. If they’re paid a piece rate, the work is slower but the piece rate stays the same.
When you see workers jogging, that’s because of piece rate economics. The rows are slippery, and the crates are also heavier. Sometimes double the weight.
UFW just concluded 2020’s Constitutional Convention, which was held virtually for the first time.
Delegates re-elected @UFWPresident Teresa Romero and elected their Executive Board, which for the first time is majority women.
Delegates celebrated their growing union and increased wages and benefits in UFW contracts — despite four years of attacks from Trump and the devastation of the COVID-19 crisis.
Leaders also pledged to win immigration reform under the incoming Biden-Harris administration.
After @AlexPadilla4CA addressed the delegates, they also affirmed UFW support for the current Secretary of State to become the next Senator for California — now that UFW-endorsed @KamalaHarris will be joining @JoeBiden in the White House.
Average CA piece rate pay for parsley work is around $1.90 per crate of 60 bundles.
Many folks are shocked by piece rates, and ask how it’s legal to pay workers less than $2 per crate. Before we do reply-guy math, let’s talk about labor law! #WeFeedYou
The Fair Labor Standards Act passed in 1938. It shaped basic labor protections most workers take for granted. Minimum wage, overtime, banning use of child labor... Laws to protect workers from harm and kids from exploitation.
Farm workers were excluded. (Domestic workers, too.)
The 1935 NLRA* had given workers the right to collective action and to form a union to protect themselves and bargain with their employer.
Farm workers had been excluded from THIS most basic set of labor rights too.