Milked Brown Bag Lunch

New York’s dairy production and processing industry generates $14 billion a year and is the star sector of the state’s agricultural economy. But a new study released this month finds that the immigrant workers who provide milking labor on which the industry heavily depends are themselves being “milked.”

Join researchers and immigration and labor advocates to find out more about the report findings and about what we can do next to support the rights of immigrant dairy workers in New York.

Héctor Figueroa, President, SEIU 32BJ
Rebecca Fuentes, Workers’ Center of CNY
Carly Fox, Worker Justice Center of NY
Crispin Hernández, Victoriano Hernández, farmworkers

The study, Milked: Immigrant Dairy Farmworkers in New York State, is based upon a face-to-face survey with 88 workers across 53 different farms located in the Central, Northern, and Western regions of New York State. It was coauthored by a team of academic scholars and community leaders: Carly Fox of the Worker Justice Center of New York, Rebecca Fuentes of the Workers’ Center of Central New York, Fabiola Ortiz Valdez and Gretchen Purser, both of Syracuse University, and Kathleen Sexsmith of Cornell University.

Hard copies of the report will be available at the event; electronic copies are available at

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For more information, contact: Carly Fox,, 585-500-9409

One response to “Milked Brown Bag Lunch

  1. findings in the report are really effective and convincing

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