Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Si,Se,Puede!!! The UFW NEEDS YOU!

Vote may occur as early as 2:30 today!

We need your immediate help. Late yesterday, Senator Chambliss (R-GA) submitted amendments which would render the AgJobs legislation unworkable. The Chambliss amendments would eliminate the opportunity of farm workers to earn permanent resident status, and instead would create an unworkable "report to deport" program. His proposal offers no prospect for stabilizing the work force with legal-resident workers.

For those workers who might have had an interest in becoming blue-card guestworkers under his proposal, the obstacles--including heavy fines and unrealistic work requirements--would make the program inaccessible. His amendments also would eliminate important labor protections in the H-2A temporary foreign agricultural worker program, including slashing wage protections for US and foreign guestworkers. This amendment would turn back the clock to the pre-1966 days when migrant farm workers were excluded from the minimum wage protections. These amendments are very similar to the amendments Chambliss offered last April which lost by a vote of 77-21.

Please make a difference to farm workers on this vital bill by immediately contacting your Senators to ask them to support the Senate Judiciary Committee’s bipartisan compromise bill—which includes the AgJobs amendment, oppose the Chambliss amendments, and oppose any amendments not supported by AgJobs primary sponsors (Senators Craig, Kennedy and Feinstein).

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