New York’s dairy production and processing industry generates $14 billion a year and is the star sector of the state’s agricultural economy.
Unfortunately, the immigrant workers who provide milking labor on which the industry heavily depends are themselves being “milked.”
The study, Milked: Immigrant Dairy Farmworkers in New York State, is based upon a face-to-face survey with 88 workers across 53 different farms located in the Central, Northern, and Western regions of New York State.
Nine out of ten workers surveyed believe that their employers care more about the cows than about workers’ well-being.
As cities in the south continue to boom, workers earn poverty level wages and face dangerous working conditions.
Build a Better South report highlights issues plaguing the construction industry in the South, including wage theft, low wages and safety concerns.
The study was a collaboration of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Workers Defense Project and Partnership for Working Families