A farm manager boxes produce
A farm manager boxes produce.

It is a busy time for North Carolina farms who rely on migrant workers to get the job done.

Jessica Rodriguez, outreach coordinator for Vecinos Farmworker Health Program, and Justin Flores, vice president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) talk with host Stephanie Carson about challenges the people they serve face including access to health care, lost wages and working conditions.

In early October, a delegation of temporary agricultural guest workers and members of FLOC delivered a petition to the U.S. Department of Labor calling for action on a case pending before department for more than a year where a group of North Carolina workers reported workplace violations, including wage theft and health risks. The U.S. Department of Labor settled the case, but workers are still awaiting their back pay.

While FLOC works to advocate for workplace rights and safety, groups like Vecinos helps migrant families find access to health care and education — a challenge .

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Stephanie Carson is the former news and community partnerships manager at Carolina Public Press.

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