Between 1-2 million people (some sources estimate more) toil as agricultural laborers in the U.S. The majority of these workers are recently-arrived immigrants. Farmworkers endure long hours of work for little pay, as well as harsh working conditions and exposure to dangerous pesticides; farmwork often involves both legal and illegal child labor. Farmworkers are not covered under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which governs most workers' right to organize into a union and engage in collective bargaining.
IWJ Materials on Farmworkers
Links to Further Information
Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers Union)