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Migratory Workers

1961 General Resolution

WHEREAS, migratory workers are the most disadvantaged group in our population with below-minimum wages, sub-standard health and housing, and restricted opportunities for their children; and

WHEREAS, protections of social legislation established for the benefit of industrial workers are non-existent for migratory workers, and such non-existence constitutes special discrimination against the agricultural worker and his family;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Unitarian Universalist Association send letters to Senator Harrison Williams, Jr., the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Agriculture and to the President's Committee on Migratory Labor, urging them to recommend to Congress passage and vigorous enforcement of the legislative program that has been drawn up by the Senate Sub-Committee on Migratory Labor which will accomplish the following:

  1. Provide for an agricultural minimum wage (Resolution S. 1122);
  2. Prohibit agricultural child labor (S. 1123);
  3. Provide for the education of migrant children (S. 1124);
  4. Provide for the education of migrant adults (S. 1125);
  5. Require the registration of agricultural labor contractors (S. 1126);
  6. Assist in the providing of housing for domestic farm labor (S. 1127);
  7. Make the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act applicable to agriculture (S. 1128);
  8. Provide for the stabilization of the farm work force (S. 1129);
  9. Supply improved health services for migrant families (S. 1130);
  10. Supply improved welfare services for migrant children (S. 1131);
  11. Establish a Citizen's Council on Migratory Labor (S. 1132).

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