IV-"Migrant Labor Exploited by Delay Trick" - Dale Wright - New York Telegram and Sun

IV-"Migrant Labor Exploited by Delay Trick" - Dale Wright - New York Telegram and Sun

by: Dale Wright | publication date: October 13, 1961 | Publication: New York World-Telegram and Sun | pages: 1, 4

When I found myself stranded in a miserable Florida migrant labor camp with no work for 10 days because the tomato crop was late, my first thoughts were charitable ones.  Naively, I figured a mistake had been made, that I and the scores of other workers with me had been transported 300 miles in the good faith that that jobs were waiting for us.  I've never been more wrong in my life! It wasn't the weather and the fact that the tomatoes had not ripened by the time we arrived.  The simple truth was that the tomato grower and "the labor contractor" who hired us with his fat promises planned it exactly that way. 

The fourth installment to the Dale Wright's series on the conditions of migrant workers continues with a look at how farm bosses exploit laborers.

"The Forgotten People..A Report on Migrant Labor" by Dale Wright. Reprinted with the permission of the Estate of Dale Wright, c/o K.E. Wright-King ©1961, New York World-Telegram and Sun.