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Uploaded on Jan 14, 2010
Featuring the Coalition of Immokalee Workers; Florida tomato pickers
Tomato pickers toil long days for 45 cents per 32 pound bucket of tomatoes, earning an average of $10,000 a year according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Migrant workers face very similar conditions in Canada. Over half of farmworkers live in poverty. In the United States, they have no right to overtime pay, no health insurance, no sick leave, no paid vacation, and no right to organize a union to improve these conditions. In the most extreme cases, workers are held against their will and forced to work as modern day slaves.