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Labor, Farm Groups Announce Effort To Protect Migrant Workers From Heat

Posted July 29, 2005 4:01 a.m. EDT

— On Friday, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) and the North Carolina Growers Association announced a joint-effort to better protect the some 10,000 legal immigrant workers who come to the state for summer employment every year.

The announcement came just days after a summer heat wave and at least one confirmed heat-related death on North Carolina's farm fields.

A spokesman for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) admits many immigrant workers want to keep working, even in dangerous heat. That is why his group is developing guidelines for employers to get the overzealous workers out of the heat.

"The heat is something you learn to live with as a farm worker, but to the point you start staggering, nosebleeds, very obvious symptoms -- really calls for intervention," said FLOC spokesman Balemar Velasquez.