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Farm Worker Justice


The work conditions and living situations of farmworkers have long been a concern of the Church. Workers in the fields and food processing plants are among the most vulnerable and exploited people in our land. Their demeaning situation demands a response from people of faith.
Farm and food processing workers receive such low wages that they must work long hours or take two jobs to make a minimal living.
A living wage for agricultural and food workers could help them and their families live a more decent life, help to stabilize the workforce, and stimulate rural and low-income communities without significantly impacting food prices.
Since most employment benefits generally are not available to these workers, federal and state laws should be amended to ensure that all workers are eligible for health care, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, and Social Security.
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Farm workers and migrant laborers deserve to be treated with dignity, as any member of the human family ought to be. Whether employed in meat processing, vegetable and fruit fields, dairy farms, poultry houses, or hog confinement operations, many immigrant laborers are ill-housed, poorly paid, and vulnerable to threats.
In the view of the Church, all agricultural workers are entitled to safe working conditions, adequate housing, and benefits for themselves and their families. This is paramount; it deserves the support and affirmation of our local communities and the nation in general.
And he said to them, "You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just." (Matthew 20:4) 


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