Public Citizen points out that “By allowing agricultural
employers to pay less than the prevailing wage, the Department
is harming both U.S. workers and foreign workers, as U.S.
workers are denied work opportunities at the wages they deserve,
and foreign workers are paid less than they should be as a
matter of law.”
the president of FLOC, laments, “We are continually saddened
that we have to resort to the federal courts to enforce existing
laws. Historically, farmworkers are ignored when it comes to
labor rights and when violations are pervasive. This must end;
our Department of Labor needs to step up!”
For decades, FLOC has called on corporations that purchase
agricultural products to fix their supply chains and pay growers
enough to provide better wages and working conditions for their
workers. Since 2007, FLOC has called on Reynolds American and
other tobacco manufacturers to improve labor rights in their
supply chain by changing the way they buy tobacco.
FLOC recently launched a boycott of Reynolds e-cigarette, VUSE,
to pressure the company to do so. “For far too long, tobacco
manufacturers have marginalized growers in their supply chain
and punished growers that go above and beyond by refusing to
take the true cost of doing business into account when they set
their prices,” said Velasquez.