Agricultural Workers

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No one can be denied equal employment opportunity because of birthplace, ancestry, culture, linguistic characteristics common to a specific ethnic group, or accent.

Since 1986, the immigration law requires employers to only hire workers who have authorization by the U.S. government to work in this country. The law requires employers to check (verify) the identity and work eligibility of each employee. If you believe you have been discriminated against on the basis of immigration status or national origin, you may be able to file a charge against your employer. Your union or an advocate from an immigrant rights group may be able to help you with this charge. You can contact them at 1-800-255-7688 or, for TDD 1-800- 237-2515 (both numbers are free).

Your employer must give union organizers access, that is, allow union organizers on to his or her property to meet with you and your fellow workers.

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Farm workers have the right to choose whether or not they wish to be represented by a union by voting in a secret ballot election.

An Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) is conduct by employers or by unions that violates the rights of agricultural employees.

Once a union is certified, your employer cannot make any changes in the terms and conditions of your employment without telling the union and giving them an opportunity to bargain over making any changes.

What are my rights on the job? Is it ok to do any kind of farm work? Are there other things I can"t do? What if I need help?

Your rights to collectively request changes from your employer.

Salario mínimo, tiempo extra, transporte, y pago.

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A union owes a duty of fair representation to all of the workers it represents. This duty requires that the union act fairly, impartially, and without ill will or discrimination when pursuing a worker"s grievance or when negotiating a new contract with the employer.

Language discrimination occurs when a person is treated differently because of her native language or other characteristics of her language skills. If you need further legal advice or assistance, or think you may have suffered language-based discrimination, please call the Language Rights Information Line (800) 864-1664, a free service of Legal Aid at Work.