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  •  Wine industry is doing fine in California (3+ / 0-)
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    ej25, tobendaro, 313to212

    other than some funky weather we've had. Who do you think picks those non-unionized grapes for those pinots for slave wages to keep wine profits capped at a premium?

    •  The grape-pickers still haven't all made it out of (1+ / 0-)
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      mahakali overdrive

      shadows, despite efforts going back to the sixties with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. People do not even think about the workers who labor in the hot sun to make it possible to buy grapes (and wine) and tomatos all over the United States.

      •  Because they fear being deported (1+ / 0-)
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        Just that simple and sad.

      •  Over the past week authorities in GA. and AL. (0+ / 0-)

        issued statements that they are going to use inmates as farm workers to replace immigrants - legal and otherwise - who have left those states due to the harsh immigration laws implemented.  We know these laws originated in ALEC and were passed along to Conservative lawmakers in every state.

        WI., NJ., Ark., Va., and Florida have all begun to replace (they say "supplement") public sector workers with inmates to save taxpayers money.

        Sadly all of the wages, benefits and worker rights sought and fought for over the past 4-6 decades for farm workers are all going to be rolled back as inmates are put to work in those jobs at minimum wage or less.  This will drive down wages for legal non-prison workers who continue to work in the agribusiness industry.  This is the same thing they have been doing for years in the manufacturing and service industries under the PIE Program.  They have eliminated civilian jobs by allowing private companies access to inmate labor to increase profits through lowered overhead due to cheap labor, no benefits and no unemployment or other insurance provisions.  The wages paid to inmates are now compiled by the state Department of Employment Services in each state and helps to decrease the state's wage setting for jobs of the same description.

        Potatoes in Idaho, fruit and veg's in AZ., CO. and processed food products in FL. and elsewhere are being done by inmate labor already.  If the replacing of immigrant workers in GA. and AL. are allowed it will only be a matter of time until other states follow suit and find the new "Slave" labor workforce in replace Hispanics....who replaced African-American's in the 50's and 60's.  Industry and corporations have always sought the lowest wages for their workers to keep more money from sales.  They don't do this to keep product costs down - only to increase profits.

        Visit this link to see how our government (DOJ) assists in this shifting of jobs from the private sector to inmate labor.

        "Inmates should be reformed - not recycled"

        by Bob Sloan on Sun Oct 09, 2011 at 01:59:05 PM PDT

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