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Washington Supreme Court: Farmworkers need to be paid for more than just picking the crops

from The Seattle Times

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that farmworkers paid a piece rate as they labor in fields and orchards must get additional wages for their other tasks during the course of a workday. While the ruling is considered a victory for farmworkers, its practical effect is far from clear. The plaintiffs' attorney says it will raise the pay of thousands of people who perform hard work in the fields and orchards. Some industry representatives questioned whether the workers would end up seeing any net increase in take-home pay. more


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