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We are Except Farmworkers



  • Workers are protected when bargaining collectively…except farmworkers
  • Hourly laborers working more than eight hours a day get overtime…except farmworkers
  • Workers are covered by disability insurance…except farmworkers
  • Everyone has a right to a day of rest…except farmworkers
  • Workers in exposed extreme heat are given shortened work periods and provided areas to cool down…except farmworkers


Mike Pollan, Author

“Please join me in supporting the RFK Center’s campaign to improve the lot of farm workers in New York, by providing collective bargaining rights, overtime pay, right to a day of rest, disability insurance — and by raising the minimum wage for minors in the fields, which is now an astonishing $3.80 an hour. These are the most basic rights for workers and it is shameful we still need to be fighting for them in 2013 ”


Eva Longoria, Actor, Activist

“We must demand dignity for the New York farmworkers who harvest our food. Join us”


Barry Estabrook, Author

“If you’ve eaten today, thank a farmworker. And what better way of expressing gratitude than granting them right to the same basic labor rights and protections enjoyed by virtually every other group of employees in this country”


Ruth Reichl, NYT Chief Food Critic

“If you care about sustainable food and humanely raised animals, you ought to care about food workers too. Conditions for many farm workers are enough to make you lose your appetite. I’m convinced that this is the next big issue for the food movement ”


Liz Neumark, CEO, Great Performances

“We support fair and equitable work practices everywhere, and deplore discrimination and substandard working conditions. ”


Farmworkers’ Day, Albany 2014

Farmworkers’ Day, Albany 2014


Kerry Kennedy at Farmworkers’ Day, Albany 2014

Kerry Kennedy at Farmworkers’ Day, Albany 2014


Martin Sheen on Except Farmworkers

Farmworkers’ Day, Albany 2014

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New York City Allied Restaurants
Haven’s Kitchen Casellula KTCHN Restaurant
Mae Mae CafeBerlyn Prospect Brooklyn Winery
Yunnan Kitchen Blue Hill MeKong
Tolache Copelia Yerba Buena
Allied Organizations
Kerry Kennedy, Founder, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Rev. Richard Witt, Executive Director of the Rural &Migrant Ministry New York City Civil Liberties Union Worker Justice Center Labor-Religion Coalition of NY State New York State AFL-CIO
New York State United Teachers AFT AFL-CIO AFGE Local 2313, NCFLL Association of Farmworkers Legal Services Employees NOLSW LOCAL 2320
Capital District Area Federations Capital District Labor-Religion Coalition Domestic Workers United
Cornwall Presbyterian Church Episcopal Church of the Misseah, Rhinebeck Episcopal Church of the Regeneration, Pine Plains
First Baptist Church of White Plains First Presbyterian Church, Goshen First Presbyterian Church, Kathonah
First Presbyterian Church, Pleasant Valley First Presbyterian Church, Poughkeepsie First Presbyterian Church, Seneca Falls
First Presbyterian Church, Wappingers Falls First Unitarian Church of Rochester Social Responsibility Council Freedom Plains Presbyterian Church, Poughkeepsie Gilead Presbrytarial Church, Carmel
Grace Episcopal Church, Middletown Grace Episcopal Church, Millbrook Grace Episcopal Church, Port Jervis
Greater Rochester Community of Churches Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, Scarsdale Holy Cross Church, Dewitt
The House of Mercy, Rochester Housing, Hunger and Homelessness Task Force, Rochester Huguenot Presbyterian Church, Pelham Members of the Justice for Farmworkers Campaign
Justice Strategy Team DUPC Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn Renew Group of Nativity BVM, Brockport
San Andres Episcopal Church, Yonkers Sauquoit Valley United Methodist Church Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy
Sister of St. Joseph, Albany Province Assembly Sister of St. Joseph, Buffalo Sister of St. Joseph, Rochester
Catholic Community of Saint Henry Spiritus Christi Church of Rochester Saint John the Evangelist Church
St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, South Fallsburgh St. Francis Xavier Peace and Justice Committee, NYC
St. James Episcopal Church, Goshen St. James Episcopal Church, Hyde Park St. James Episcopal Church, Getty Square Yonkers
St. John’s Church (Getty Square), Yonkers, NY New York State Conference of the United Church of Christ New York Annual Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends Synod of New York, Reformed Church of America
Buddhist Peace Fellowship Catholic Charities of Montgomery County Catholic Charities, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
Catholic Daughters of America Court #931 Catholic Family Center, Office of Social Policy, Rochester Church, Society and Mission Team of First United Methodist Church, Schenectady Episcopal Church of the Intercession, NYC
Episcopal Church, Province II, New York State Public Policy Network First Presbyterian Church of Ossining Franciscans of Stella Niagara
Hudson River Presbytery Interfaith Alliance of Rochester Interfaith Impact of New York State
New Hackensack Reformed Church, Wappingers Falls New York Annual Conference of United Methodists Task Force on Immigration New York Catholic Conference
Pax Christi of Western New York Presbytery of Albany Public Policy Committee of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester
Riverside Salem United Church of Christ, Grant Island Christ Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie University of Rochester, Catholic Newman Community
Christ United Methodist Church, Beacon United Methodist Church of Fishkill The Zen Center, Rochester
Episcopal Church of Christ the King, Stone Ridge The Martha Ministry of Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Brockport The First Baptist Church of White Plains
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, New Windsor St. Paul’s Universalist Church of Little Falls St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Yonkers
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Staatsburg St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Fairport St. Joseph University Church, Buffalo
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Ellenville St. John’s Episcopal Church, Monticello St. John’s Episcopal Church, Kingston St. John’s Church, Utica Americans United for the Separation of Church & State
BOCES Geneseo Migrant Center, Mt. Morris Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency Inc. Center for Dispute Settlement, Rochester Coalition of Immokalee Workers Council of Canadians, Niagara Chapter Ciudad Hermana Task Force of MetroJustice
Dutchess Peace Coalition Education for Peace, Inc. Federation of Monroe County Environmentalists Fellowship of Reconciliation
Economic Justice Program, Hudson Valley Food Not Bombs, Poughkeepsie Genesee Valley American Civil Liberties Union Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace
Green Party of Monroe County Green Party of Erie County Hispanic Outreach Services of Amsterdam
Judicial Process Commission, Rochester Latin American Cultural Association “El Buen Amigo” of Buffalo Latin Solidarity Committee, Buffalo
Metro Justice of Rochester Inc. Moving Beyond Racism, Rochester National Labor Committee, NYC
New York Civil Liberties Union, Capital Region New York Immigration Coalition Planned Parenthood of Rochester/Syracuse
Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign Public Interest Law Office of Rochester Rochester Committee on Latin America Rochester Human Rights Day Committee
Rochester Roots Saratoga Peace Alliance Sierra Club, Rochester
Steuben County Green Party The Working Together Group Tompkins County Workers’ Center
United Nations Association of Rochester Wayne Action for Racial Equality Western New York Council on Occupational
Safety and Health Western New York Peace Center, Buffalo Amnesty International- SUNY
Amnesty International- University of Rochester Bard College Fair Labor Organizing Committee Bard Political Action Organization, Bard College Catholic Newman Community, U. Rochester Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (Cornell) Cornell University Organization for Labor Action
The Environmental Collective, Bard College Friends of Farm Workers, Cornell University Hunger Action (Vassar College)
Immigrant Farmworker Initiative, Cornell University Law- National Lawyers Guild, Cornell University Rondout Valley High School Synthesis/Diversity Club Student Actions with Farmworkers Human Rights Watch B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue
Brooklyn Food Coalition

Contact the RFK Young Leaders (a program of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights)