Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

National Farmworker Awareness Week

The Catholic Labor Network is promoting National Farmworker Awareness Week by inviting people to a webinar about child labor in agriculture on Tuesday, March 28 at 2 p.m.
According to the National Farm Worker Ministry, 300,000 to 500,000 children work in agriculture, and that, by law, they are the least protected workforce in the US. “Labor laws protect and prevent children from working in factories or offices but allow children as young as 12 to legally work unlimited hours on farms outside of school with parental permission. Child labor is prevalent in agriculture because families have no other option but to ask their children to work in the fields to help pay necessary expenses. When parents make poverty wages, they need their children to work too. Child labor is a complex problem, but this exploitative practice can be stopped.”
To register for the free webinar, click here.
National Farmworker Awareness Week begins this Saturday. The theme for this year’s Farmworker Awareness Week is “Things Are Heating Up for Workers.” The Catholic Labor Network reports that the agriculture sector has long ranked among the highest in workplace injury and illness rates, and now conditions are increasingly aggravated by global warming. Every year farmworkers die on the job due to heat-related illnesses.

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