We urge you to share this report via social media (using #MilkedNY, #MilkCowsNotWorkers and #DairyMonth) and to make a donation to the Workers’ Center of Central New York one of the few organizations advocating for the human rights of dairy farmworkers in Upstate NY.
Please also take the following steps to support dairy farmworkers in New York State:
1. Due to their fear of immigration enforcement, inability to obtain a NY drivers’ license, and/or work long hours, dairy workers rarely leave the farm premises. Support the Green Light New York: Driving Together campaign to ensure equal access to driver’s licenses for all residents of New York State, regardless of immigration status.
2. Write a message to Chobani, (copy and paste the message below or write your own) a leading yogurt company located in upstate New York and major purchaser of New York dairy, asking them to read the report and to implement a worker driven code of conduct ensuring fair labor practices throughout their supply chain.
Dear Mr. Hamdi Ulukaya,
I/We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment to improving the life of refugees across the country. As you well know, immigrant communities are a vital part of our society nationwide. Unfortunately, the immigrant dairy farmworkers whose labor provides you with the milk you use to make yogurt are themselves feeling “milked” and toil under precarious living and working conditions. As a leader in the dairy industry and as an individual that values the contributions of immigrant communities, we encourage you to read the newly-released report, Milked: Immigrant Farmworkers in New York, (https://milkedny.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/milked_053017.pdf) and to make a commitment to ensure fair labor practices for the farmworkers upon whom you so dearly depend.
- Make sure to send your message here.
You can also sign in to the Workers’ Center of Central NY email list to receive updates about the report and actions in support of NY dairy farmworkers.
Thank you for your support.