June 28, 2016

New York Dairies Speak Out Against Labor Lawsuit

 |  By: Betsy Jibben

The New York Civil Liberties Union filed a suit against the state of New York and Governor Andrew Cuomo over a law that forbids collective bargaining for farm workers. Governor Cuomo says he will not fight the suit, which is  one reason why the New York Farm Bureau is asking the court to allow it to intervene on behalf of farmers.

Kendra Lamb is a dairy producer in western New York. For her, it’s more than an occupation--it's a passion.

“It’s a family legacy. My entire family is in dairy farming. I really believe in what we do,” says Lamb, who farms in Oakfield, N.Y.

While rewarding, dairy farming is also an industry that’s going through a variety of challenges, from too much milk to declining prices, but Lamb says labor and regulations are top of mind. “We’re really struggling with a consistent labor supply and also with some of the regulations and things that are coming at us in the government in New York state,” says Lamb.

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