National Farm Worker Ministry, a movement that we are a member of, is faith-based organization committed to justice for and empowerment of farm workers. NFWM share with us news that currently, farm workers are exempted from Virginia’s minimum wage. In the recent General Assembly, a bill passed to raise the minimum wage as of next January, but efforts to remove the farm worker exemption failed. So, advocates are trying to get the Governor to amend the minimum wage bill to remove the exemption on farm workers, thereby allowing farm workers to receive at least the Virginia minimum wage. The Governor has until April 11 to amend the bill. Those of us who work with migrant farm workers know how hard they work. They certainly deserve to be paid at least the minimum wage.
The 1974 Statement on The Farm Issue reminds us that “For more than thirty years farm workers have been striving to form an organization as a means for collective bargaining, in order to improve their working and living conditions. They desire most of all to liberate themselves from the crew leader system and other injustices that occur…” and recommends to the government that “new laws be enacted to provide for farm workers the minimum wage standards and unemployment protection that are available to most industrial workers.”
Thus, let us honor this request made by our brothers and sisters in faith, unite to help farm workers, and utilize our voice on this time sensitive request by taking action and sending a message to the Governor of Virginia to amend the bill and ask that hard-working farm workers be paid minimum wage.
Click on the link to send a message to the Governor: https://virginiainterfaithcenter.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/petition/sign?sid=94&reset=1