The complaint alleges that the Texas-based migrant workers
employed at Adkin were paid on a piece-rate basis, but were not
ensured they were paid the minimum wage for all the hours they
worked. Compounding the problem, workers allege that Adkin did
not keep accurate time records and pay records as the law
requires. Adkins has been the subject of other labor violations
over the years, including child labor.
"This case shows how essential workers are essentially
exploited," said Teresa Hendricks, Director of MLA. "It's
time to raise the food-conscience of everyone. Healthy produce
doesn't land on your plate by accident, there's plenty of
exploitation in the food supply chain before it gets there."
MLA attorney Ben O'Hearn is familiar with patterns of injustice.
“While not the most egregious case that we've handled, the
allegations in this complaint are something that most migrant
farm workers will experience at some point in their lives. We’re
committed to protecting our clients’ rights to the fullest
extent allowed by law and look forward to giving them their day
in court,” he said.
The Michigan food and agriculture industry "generates more than
$104 billion of total economic activity for Michigan each year,”
according to estimates of the Michigan Department of Agriculture
and Rural Development.
Court Decision Erodes Farmworker Rights
23, 2021 in a 6-3 decision the Supreme Court ruled that farm
owners had a right to exclude anyone they want from the
workplace. For decades, a California regulation had allowed
union organizers limited access to migrant farmworkers at their
place of employment.
been challenged – and upheld – by the lower courts for years.
Organizations that serve farmworkers – like Migrant Legal Aid
– exist because farmworkers are an isolated and historically
marginalized population. The Court’s decision in Cedar Point
Nursery v Hassid will only serve to further that isolation
decision will not affect Migrant Legal Aid’s ongoing outreach to
farmworkers. In the majority opinion, Chief Justice Roberts
noted that the two work locations in the case did not have any
workers who lived on the property. For that reason, MLA’s
position is that the right to access farmworker housing
established in Folgueras v Hassle has not changed. Chief
Judge Fox wrote:
“The fundamental underlying principle [of his
ruling] is simply that real property ownership does not vest
the owner with dominion over the lives of those people living on
his property.” Farmworkers living in employer provided
housing have the right to see guests and associate with whomever
Hundreds turn out for meeting about housing young migrants
ALMA, Mich., July 18, 2021 (AP): A proposal to turn a former
nursing home into temporary housing for young migrants is
getting a lot of attention in a central Michigan community.
About 400 people attended a public hearing Monday at Alma High
School. Warwick Living Center would be leased to Bethany
Christian Services to provide housing for boys for up to 40 days
or until a sponsor can be found.
The boys, ages 12 to 17, crossed the southern U.S. border
without parents or guardians and do not have legal status in
The Alma Planning Commission is being asked to recommend
approval of a rezoning request, which must ultimately go to the
``We keep unaccompanied children safe,'' said Krista Stevens
of Bethany. ``For many of them, this is truly a life-and-death
Forty people spoke at the meeting, including 25 who opposed the
rezoning, The Morning Sun reported.
``A legal entity can't be denied an opportunity to operate as
long as they comply with your requests,'' former city attorney
Chuck Fortino told the planning commission.
The rezoning request was tabled, 5-2, until another meeting on