Trump admin looks to cut farmworker pay to help industry during pandemic: report

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      Judi Lynn
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      BY BROOKE SEIPEL – 04/10/20 09:16 PM EDT

      The Trump administration is reportedly working on plans to reduce the wages of foreign workers on U.S. farms, a move they think would help farmers facing economic uncertainty during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by NPR.

      Farmers have struggled during the pandemic, as schools, restaurants and other businesses that buy their products close. The blow from the pandemic follows economic hardship for some farmers already created by the tariff war with China.

      According to NPR, President Trump’s new White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has been working with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider a policy reducing pay for foreign guest workers. Those workers, on the H-2A seasonal guest-worker program, make up about 10 percent of farm laborers.

      “The administration is considering all policy options during this unprecedented crisis to ensure our great farmers are protected, and President Trump has done and will do everything he can to support their vital mission,” a White House official told NPR.


    • #301575
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      They’re already cheated half the time anyway.  Trump giving license to cheat them more & fuck him.

      • #301589
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        Huge plus one!

        I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".


        • #301771
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          “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

      • #301701
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        Farm laborers are some of the lowest paid people in the economy. Often in-kind pay such as an old cabin to live in with others – food from what ever they are doing – no medical insurance – often work with pesticides and other dangerous chemicals, etc.

        How anyone can think that tRump is doing anything right in this mess is beyond me. Only thing he ever does is make things worse.


    • #301775
      Ohio Barbarian
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      It is important to remember that it is not certain that Obama or Biden wouldn’t do the exact same thing. They are just as beholden to the oligarchy as is Trump.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I'll show you a crook.--Harry Truman

    • #301811
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      Why mess around? Just abolish the 13th Amendment by an executive order from our Dear Leader.

      I'm just tryin' to get by being quiet and shy,
      In a world full of pushin' and shove.

      Jimmy Buffett, "The Wino and I Know"

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