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Campaigns


1. FLOC Reynolds Tobacco Campaign:

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, based in North Carolina, is the second-largest tobacco company in the United States, manufacturing about one of every three cigarettes sold in the country.

While big tobacco corporations make billions, tobacco farm workers live in poverty, face racism, harassment, nicotine poisoning, lethal pesticides, miserable housing in labor camps and denial of basic human rights and labor protections. For instance, due to lack of mandatory water breaks for farm workers and the fact that nicotine increases body temperature, tobacco farm workers are at great risk of heatstroke.  In the past decade, nine farm workers have died in North Carolina, many of heatstroke. Read More…

 


2. CIW Campaign for Fair Food:

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a grassroots organization based in Immokalee, Florida that works on improving the wages and labor conditions of its members, who are primarily tomato pickers, as well as bringing attention to cases of modern-day slavery.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)’s campaign focuses on bringing giant fast food corporations, supermarkets, food providers and the tomato industry to act as responsible corporations throughout their supply chains, and on fighting against modern day slavery in the fields of Florida. Read More…

 


3. UFW

The United Farm Workers, founded by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, is the largest farm worker union in the United States. Through nonviolent tactics such as boycotts, pickets, and strikes, the UFW brought the struggles of farm workers out of the fields and into cities and towns across the country. This movement of farm workers organizing for better pay and safer working conditions has continued to grow since 1962. Currently, the UFW organizes in major agricultural industries nationwide and continues to win contracts for worker protections. Read More…

 


4. Familias Unidas por la Justicia

Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), an independent farm worker union (recognized by the WA State Labor Council AFL-CIO) based in Burlington, Washington, formed in the summer of 2013 in response to racial harassment, wage theft, and other unjust labor practices faced by farm workers at the Sakuma Bros. Farms in the Skagit valley.

Familias Unidas called a boycott of Sakuma Bros. Farm berries in 2013; in 2014 adding boycotts of Driscoll’s and Häagen-Dazs strawberry ice cream, purchasers of the majority of Sakuma berries. In July 2015, the Board of National Farm Worker Ministry met in Washington with the farm workers of FUJ and then passed a resolution endorsing the boycott. Read More…

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5. AgJOBs

AgJOBS is the most important piece of legislation affecting farmworkers in decades.  AgJOBS represents a major compromise between farm worker advocates (led by the United Farm Workers) and major agricultural employers to address the agricultural immigration crisis, negotiated between them after years of conflict. It is endorsed by major farm worker and agricultural industry representatives, and religious, civil rights, and community organizations. Read More…

 


6. Dream Act

The DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act would provide a conditional path to citizenship to young people who came to the U.S. as minors in exchange for a mandatory two years in higher education or military service. Other requirements for citizenship include spending a certain amount of time in the U.S. and good moral character.

Ideally, we would like to see a version of the DREAM Act that provides options for community service in addition to military provisions and university education. Read More…

 


7. Immigration

The majority of farm workers in the United States are immigrants, and it is estimated that more than half are undocumented immigrants. Undocumented farm workers are highly vulnerable to abuse at the work place. They often fear reporting cases of wage theft, exposure to pesticides, sexual harassment or physical assault.

NFWM believes that our nation’s immigrants make great contributions to our society and deserve to have a voice in the matters that affect their lives. We believe that immigration policy is an issue of national concern that should be addressed by the federal government and NOT determined at the state level. We support fair, comprehensive immigration reform and legislation that will provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented farm workers. Read More…

Contact us

National Farm Worker Ministry
P.O. Box 10645
112 Cox Ave., Suite 208
Raleigh, NC 27605
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919-807-8707 (office)