After years-long effort, farmworkers in Maine may soon gain minimum wage protections

The lesser bundle of rights granted to farmworkers has indeed had a significant impact on their lives, research shows. A study by the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) found that a quarter of farmworkers in the state — many of whom are migrant laborers — live in poverty and that they are 4.5 times more likely to be below the poverty line than other workers in Maine.

Click here to read the full story, first published September 20, 2023 in Maine Morning Star.