SB21-087 (Danielson/McCormick & Caraveo) Agriculture Workers’ Rights
This bill would remove the exemption of agricultural labor from state and local minimum wage laws and would grant agricultural employees meal breaks and rest periods throughout each work period, consistent with protections for other employees. The bill would provide basic health and safety protections during the pandemic and ensure that service providers like doctors have access to farmworkers on employer-provided housing. The bill would also authorize agricultural employees to organize and join labor unions.
The Colorado Children’s Campaign supports this bill. Agricultural workers in Colorado have been left out of the most basic of workplace protections such as meal and rest breaks, overtime pay, the right to collective action, and even guaranteed minimum wage pay. Due to past and present racist policies and practices, an estimated 65-73 percent of Colorado agricultural workers are people of color. It is critical to ensure that agricultural workers have the same basic protections as other workers in Colorado.
Senate concurred with House Amendments. The bill repassed the Senate on a vote of 19-15 and now heads to the Governor for signature.
May 7, 2021
Passed out of the Senate Appropriates Committee and now heads to the Senate floor.