NEW YORK STATE FAIR -- Dairy workers rallied outside the main gates Monday to raise awareness about what they say are unfair working conditions. Their goal is to pass the Farm Worker Fair Labor Practices Act.
Farm worker are currently excluded from many of the state's labor laws. The act would allow workers to have a day off and get overtime pay. But organizers are encouraging workers not to wait for the law and to demand better conditions now.
"All of the other workers, in the 1930s, got those rights. The farm workers were excluded and also domestic workers. If you see the conditions under which the dairy workers and farm workers live today, you can see that it's like they were frozen in time. So that tells us that labor protections are very, very important," said rally organizer Rebecca Fuentes.