Hundreds Attend Forum In Effort To Change Living Conditions For Migrant Workers
Posted August 15, 2005 7:13 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Filthy bathrooms, little to no privacy and a lack of mattresses were some of the living conditions uncovered by a recent WRAL documentary about farm worker housing. Now, there is talk of change.
Nearly 1,000 people showed up at the North Carolina Latino Coalition forum Sunday. Regina Lugenbuhl, an inspector with the Department of Labor, said she understands the minimum housing laws for farmworkers are not enough.
Lugenbuhl also promised that instead of random inspections, the department would target growers with a history of violations.
"What you want to do is go back to the ones that have the bad record," she said.
State Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry declined an invitation to attend. She has said she opposes stricter housing laws because farmers are struggling economically and the government should not be doing anything to put additional burden on them.