On today of bounty, the state’s farmworkers ought to give thanks that Lee Zeldin wasn’t elected governor, as he had promised to cease the deliberate phase-in of additional time pay that they’ve lengthy been owed.
Everybody else will get OT after 40 hours per week. Below deeply discriminatory legal guidelines, those that decide the meals and milk the cows, distinctive amongst laborers, obtained zippo for generations. Then the Farm Laborers Truthful Labor Practices Act took impact in 2020, promising true progress — and a brand new combat to stall it so long as potential.
Equity is lastly coming, albeit slowly. Gov. Hochul’s labor commissioner, Roberta Reardon, is now receiving public touch upon a rule; it can then be formally adopted and the primary step-down from the present far-too-high OT threshold at 60 hours per week will come on Jan. 1, 2024, to 56 hours. The brink will drop one other 4 hours each 24 months till the 40-hour normal is lastly reached on Jan. 1, 2032 — 94 years after 40 turned the nationwide norm for everybody else.
So, on this Thanksgiving, there isn’t any actual additional time for individuals who elevate the turkeys for as we speak’s dinners, who lower the flowers for the desk, who harvested the grapes for the wine, who pulled the potatoes from the earth, who picked the apples from the timber.
But there may be truthful time and a half on the bakery that baked the dinner rolls, on the pure gasoline utility that heats the oven, on the producer of the pots and pans and tableware.
On the farm, the suppliers of the gasoline, fertilizer, seed and gear get truthful additional time. There may be OT on the transportation strains that carry the produce.
There may be OT on the manufacturing facility the place they make the packaging, from the plastic wrapping of the turkey to the tin cans with the cranberry sauce to the cardboard bins for the potatoes. There may be OT at Hunts Level, the place the meals is distributed from wholesalers to retailers. There may be OT for the grocery store clerks who inventory the cabinets and ring up the purchases.
There may be OT for all of the fingers aside from the fingers originally.