The Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act grants collective bargaining rights to laborers, provides a 60-hour work week, a day of rest, overtime pay, and allows for disability and paid family leave pay. Governor Andrew Cuomo says this will give, “100,000 farmers and their families better lives and protections.”
“Well…it’s a sticky subject,” says Matt Kludt of Kludt Brothers Farm in Kendall.
For farmers in the region, especially seasonal farmers like Matt Kludt, they say the new act will likely deliver a blow. Particularly when mother nature unleashes the unexpected.
“We plant according to a schedule of when we can harvest,” says Kludt. “The weather is 90% of our income or loss.”