“From being the foundation of our nation’s food system to being at the forefront of our nation’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, agricultural workers are doing work that is vital to our nation,” Booker said. said. Tweets and photos from the UFW and UFWF show that Booker starts the day with a lettuce harvest and then moves to a cleaning station to help wash the arugula.
Like Padilla earlier this month, Booker criticized the lack of permanent protection and full workplace rights for agricultural workers, despite the fact that they are helping to feed the nation.
“For too long, however, many of them have been denied basic legal protections, benefits and the path to citizenship,” Booker continued. “I am grateful to those who shared their stories with me today. It is high time for Congress to act to protect agricultural workers and our food system. “
“I’m glad Senator Booker took the opportunity to come and work with incredibly skilled agricultural workers like the ones I met in New Jersey today.” said UFW President Teresa Romero. “Agricultural workers have done skilled and often exhausting work to maintain a stable food supply, crisis after crisis. The Senate must work just as hard for them. I hope that more members of Congress will accept our invitation to join us in the fields and see for themselves how much skill this difficult work requires. ”
Earlier this month, Padilla joined workers to help harvest radishes and parsley. If you have access to fresh produce, your food will reach your grocer thanks to the hands of farmers as members of the UFW. Now there is a chance that in the last few weeks he has gotten there through the hands of Padilla or Booker. In particular, all other members of the US Senate who are also benefiting from the work of agricultural workers, including those without legal status, are missing from the list of people who have made the “Take Our Jobs” commitment.
“Take Our Jobs Campaign Launched for the First Time in 2010, with More Than Four Million Americans Visiting a Union-Created Website,” the statement said. said. UFW proposed linking the unemployed during the 2008 recession to jobs in agriculture near their homes across America. Of the more than four million people who visited the site, only 11 responded to UFW’s offer to work in the field.
While legislation that can put illegal agricultural workers adopted by the House of Representatives last year 247-174 (with the support of 30 Republicans), Booker and Padilla failed to vote for him because the bill could not get the word out because of Jim Crowe’s filibuster. IN Adoption of the Law on the Modernization of the Agricultural Workforce in the Chamber under the leadership of the Democrats noted the first time in decades that the chamber passed a bill on agricultural labor immigration.
“We applaud Senator Booker for taking the time to spend a day working in the fields with farm workers to emphasize the need for immigration reform,” said UFW Foundation Executive Director Diana Telefson Torres. “Day after day, farm workers show up for work to feed us all. “Just as agricultural workers are working in the fields to feed families across the United States, we hope that all 100 senators are committed to working just as hard for these brave men and women and doing their utmost to carry out immigration reform. .