From the Rocky Mount Telegram.
Farmworkers allege illegal treatment
BY JOHN H. WALKER
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Substandard housing, illegal pay, a lack of work, failure to reimburse authorized expenses and threats are just a few of the conditions nine migrant farmworkers from Mexico say they are subjected to by farm labor contractor Salvador Barajas, who has contracted to provide labor with producers in Edgecombe and Nash counties.
FLCs like Barajas recruit, transport, oversee and often house workers on behalf of the agricultural companies with whom they are contracted.
“They come to the United States in hopes of bettering themselves and providing for their families,” said Leticia Zavala, an organizer for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee of the AFL-CIO. “Instead, they wind up with no work for a month, being forced to pay for an illegal meal plan and not being reimbursed for expenses they are due.”