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Albany - Today is the culmination of a decades-long fight centered upon one simple premise: that farmworkers deserve fairness, equality and justice.

The misinformation campaign being spread by some, regarding public works legislation, cannot go unaddressed.

Anytime taxpayer dollars are used on construction work, we should be raising the standard of living and quality of life for our workforce and all New Yorkers.

That’s what the Public Works legislation will do.

The bill simply addresses the legal, regulatory and legislative changes that have eroded the intent of the public works law.

Our brothers and sisters at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) are under attack from Delta Air Lines over IAM’s major outreach initiative to more than 40,000 Delta ground workers and flight attendants.

“To be clear, organized labor in the state of New York will not rest until farmworkers are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. It is disgraceful that in the year 2019 farmworkers, who perform demanding and dangerous work, still do not enjoy the same basic rights and protections as all other workers.

Over the past week and a half, at hearings across the state, we have heard fresh testimony about what we already knew: because farmworkers in New York do not have the same protections as other workers, they are uniquely susceptible to exploitation. This must end.

A growing population of the workforce now gets employment through app platforms and that number is expected to grow exponentially over the next decade. Many of these gig economy workers currently do this to supplement their wages but more workers are using this as their primary source of income. As the sector grows, more workers will turn to this type of employment full time. There is no question that within the next decade the gig economy will dominate employment.