Voices of Farm Workers

Listen to what farmworkers and farmers have to say about what will happen if the Legislature fails to act:

Fransisca VanderMeulen : “We are a second generation family farm and have been in business since the 1980s, after immigrating to the U.S. from the Netherlands. […] How can you expect to be punished for not have broken the law? The impacts of these law suits will be astronomical to family farms in this state. For our business alone, it may cost us upwards of $10 million if we have to pay retroactive wages.” 

Flor de Marie Maldonado : “Without the protections [against backpay], family-owned orchards, specifically those that are owned by minority or disadvantaged farmers will become a thing of the past.”

Enrique Garcia : “I’ve been a dairy farmer for the last 13 years and now I hold an HR position. Farmers are not opposed to paying overtime. The worry is not about the income, we may be out of jobs.”

Miguel Navarrete : “In my case I am a DACA recipient with a great paying job in a Pasco Diary. I have been working here for 10 years with the help of this job I was able to put myself through college and obtain a bachelor’s degree. They provided me with a full time flexible schedule which allowed me to pay tuition out of pocket without accruing any student loans. I was able to apply some of the skills and knowledge I acquired in school to better myself. The DACA program also allowed me to purchase my first home last year. I depend on this job to support myself and cover mortgage payments and other expenses. Now all of that is being put at risk.”