Cornell University Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, KRO_23_13_3160_B16F51_185
Report by the New York State Senate–Assembly Joint Task Force on Farm Worker Issues, April 1995.
What does a “joint task force” in this report mean?
Why was there a need to create this investigative committee?
What were the growers’ arguments for their policy of treating migrant workers differently than other laborers?
As a result of the findings, what recommendations did the task force make?
What other industries in New York employ migrant workers? Why?
Describe living conditions in migrant camps.
What is the main health problem facing farm workers?
Create a poster with labor as its theme. In the text, use the following terms: right to organize, collective bargaining, overtime compensation, a day of rest, and disability insurance. Tie the theme to the rights of migrant workers.
Find photographs on the web of migrant workers during the Great Depression. Make a collage. What are the similarities to, and differences between, migrants today?
Do you agree or disagree that migrant workers should expect lower wages and working conditions in return for having the opportunity to work in the United States? Explain your reasoning.
Science: Investigate why migrant workers around the world have high rates of HIV infection. Highlight on a map the countries with high rates of HIV infection. Differentiate countries as to whether they import or export workers. What are your findings, and what conclusions can you make?
Art: Draw a picture of what you think a migrant camp might look like, using the description in the report.