ERIC Number: ED121513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
Research into the Current Plight of Farmworkers in the United States.
Farmworkers suffer from the same economic and social problems as other poor people but to a greater degree. Among classes of the disadvantaged designated for special Federal attention, only farmworkers are an occupational group. Their plight is unique because it is their working conditions which give rise to most of the other problems endemic to farmworkers. Their problems arise uniquely from the nature of their work, low wages, seasonal work, limited coverage under protective labor legislation, increased mechanization, lack of alternative job opportunities, few marketable skills, poor education, and critical health and housing needs. These give rise to such problems as child labor, short life expectancy, poor nutrition, job insecurity, incidence of disease, inadequate housing, and powerlessness. This paper presents research pertaining to the current plight of farmworkers. The research covers such topics as the importance of migratory/seasonal farmworkers; statements from the United States Catholic Conference; their insufficient income; government statistical information; the minimum wage law; housing, health, and education problems; pesticides; child and alien labor; legislative exclusions; and the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO. A listing of Federal programs to help migrant/seasonal farmworkers is also given. (Author/NQ)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph, MO.
Note: Prepared by the Social Action Department