A march in support of farmworkers rights that began on Long Island last month came to an end on Wednesday with a rally in East Capitol Park in Albany.
The New York Farm Bureau expressed opposition to farmworkers fair labor practices act legislation that has yet to clear the Legislature.
“Once again, activists and labor unions are pushing to expand their ranks by promoting more regulations and increased costs for New York’s family farms,” the group said in a lengthy statement. “The farmworker labor bill ignores the unique nature of work on a farm, and looks to instead force farms in this state to be constrained by a set of additional requirements that will put them at a greater competitive disadvantage.”
The Farm Bureau does note that it is supportive of farmworkers having the voluntary choice to take at least one day off per week.