Sunday, June 04, 2006
Retrospective on FLOC's success with farmworkers
CBS news in North Carolina has a two-year review on life since the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) won the right to represent farmworkers in the cucumber fields of my home state. The news is mixed. Lots of employers are choosing not to do business with the North Carolina Growers Association, the employer group who bargains with the union. There's been an influx of Southeast Asian farmworkers and an overall decline in the number of people employed in that capacity. On the upside, working conditions have improved greatly, and union farmhands earn $3 more an hour than their non-union counterparts.