Cuomo, ex-wife Kennedy push farms workers' rights

5/13/2013 2:30 PM
By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his ex-wife, Kerry Kennedy, are each pushing to protect migrant farm workers' rights. Kennedy says the workers are abused under remnants of Jim Crow laws.

Kennedy appeared in Albany with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to support the bill that would give overtime pay, days off, worker's compensation and other benefits to farm workers who pick fruits and vegetables in the state.

Separately, Cuomo says Monday he's pushing Senate Democrats who, if they united, could out-vote the Republican senators who have blocked the bill for more than a decade.

Cuomo says he will also meet with the Farm Bureau. It argues the abuses are overblown, driven by unions seeking more members, and that most farm hands have good, long-term relationships with their employers.


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