BLOOMINGTON — A Minnesota Republican legislator has introduced a bill that would discriminate against migrant farm laborers based on their country of origin, said Ken Peterson, Minnesota's Commissioner of Labor and Industry, Tuesday night at the Progressive Isssues meeting at Davannis Restaurant.
Farm workers now earn $12 per hour for working up to 48 hours per week, but overtime pay is time and a half or $18 an hour. Under the Republican measure Mexican workers would not be eligible for over time pay, Peterson said. This is a “bad step” and “let’s give these people a break,” Peterson added. The labor commissioner said he believes that Gov. Mark Dayton would veto the bill if it ever reaches his desk.
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