Farm Workers Launch ‘Take Our Jobs’ Campaign

The United Farm Workers Union is using its “Take Our Jobs” campaign to encourage unemployed Americans to apply for farm jobs. Through their campaign website, the Union promises to connect applicants with farm jobs in their area. So far, there have been few takers.

“Farm workers do the work that most Americans are not willing to do,” said Arturo Rodriguez, the union president, in the announcement of the campaign that is meant to draw attention to immigration reform.

Since June 2004, about 4,000 people have responded to the application, but only a few dozen have followed through with the process. Union President Arturo Rodriguez comments, “Farm workers do the work that most Americans are not willing to do.”

“AFBF agrees with the premise of the Take Our Jobs campaign and continues to stress the need of permanent immigration reform. Existing migrant labor laws must be reformed to be more farmer-friendly,” said Ron Gaskill, AFBF labor specialist. “Hiring of temporary workers needs to be simplified and cost-competitive.”

(image:Lost Albatross)

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Leo on July 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    This picture is pathetic
    I’ve been in the field and far away to look like that, it is worse….
    and you have to work quick if you want make more ….


  2. Posted by Benito on July 21, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

    As for the undocumented workers, as was attributed to Ronald Reagan “It’s the Economy, Stupid”. When the economy is good you say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. This too will pass, the real problem is the narcos, arms and people smugglers and that’s what the focus should be on.

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.


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