[Stop-traffic] News/US: Farm workers face hard times

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/US: Farm workers face hard times
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Mon Aug 09 2004 - 09:47:53 EDT


Farm workers face hard times
Middlemen maximize profits by paying as little as possible
BY JOHN HUBNER
San Jose Mercury News, July 9, 2000

In the vast empire that is California agriculture, there has always been
one lord of the land: the grower. But in the past 15 years, as the ranks of
workers have swelled, another player has increasingly determined how hard
the grueling life of a field hand will be: the middleman. The middleman's
expanding power helps explain why workers' wages have fallen even as farm
profits have hit records, and why benefits hard won 30 years ago are now
hard to find.

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http://www.sjmercury.com/local/center/farm0709.htm
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