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Victory for Farmworkers

We're writing with very good news. This Wednesday, 7/9, the NC Senate passed S 847, Prevent Agricultural Pesticide Exposure, and the bill is headed to the Governor's desk for his signature. As a result, farmworkers gain an important basic workplace protection that they sincerely deserve. S 847 will:
- Prohibit retaliation (i.e. firing or wage cuts) against farmworkers who report pesticide safety problems on the job; and
- Require improved pesticide record-keeping by employers.
The state budget also included $357,055 to improve pesticide safety programs.

Thank you and congratulations to everyone who took action on this legislation! Please join us in celebrating this accomplishment, thanking leaders, and re-committing to our work together to fight pesticide pollution and protect the rights of farmworkers and their families. >>Click here to send a thank-you email to the key players on this bill.

This legislation is a great step forward, but as you know, there's more to be done to protect farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure hazards at work. We'll be counting on you to make sure that this issue isn't forgotten when the legislative session ends. >>Click here to help by making a contribution to Toxic Free NC today.

Thank you for being a part of this victory for farmworkers!

Here's some more background information:
>>More about farmworkers and pesticides in NC
>>Background info on the Ag-Mart case
>>Full text and status of S847 on the NC General Assembly's website

Victory for Farmworkers!
S 847 has passed the Senate, and is now headed to the Governor's desk for his signature. Thank you and congratulations to everyone who took action on this legislation!

Please take a moment to thank the key players on this legislation.

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Take Action - Thank the key players

Please write or call any or all of the key players on S 847, Prevent Agricultural Pesticide Exposure, to thank them for their leadership! You can use the sample text, below.

The key players:

Leah Devlin, State Health Director
(919) 707-5000
Fax: 919-870-4829
1931 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1931

Senator Charlie Albertson
(919) 733-5705
300 N. Salisbury Street, Room 525
Raleigh, NC 27603-5925

Representative Dan Blue
16 W. Jones Street, Room 2207
Raleigh, NC 27603-1096

Governor Mike Easley
(919)733-4240, or (919)733-5811
Fax: (919)733-2120
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

Please contact Toxic Free NC at or (919) 833-1123 to let us know you're taking action, or if you have any questions. Thank you!



Sample text for a Thank You email, letter, or phone call


Dear [Leah Devlin, Senator Albertson, Representative Blue, or Governor Easley],

Thank you for your leadership on S 847, Prevent Agricultural Pesticide Exposure!

[SHARE YOUR PERSONAL CONCERNS ABOUT THIS ISSUE. Do you work with farmworkers or vulnerable populations? Have you seen the effects of toxic exposure firsthand? Are you a downwind or downstream neighbor, or a concerned consumer?]

S 847 is a great start to address some of the threats posed to farmworkers and their families by pesticide exposure in the workplace. The people who harvest our food deserve a safer workplace to protect them and their families. So, thank you again for your leadership on this important issue, and please continue to support intiatives to make agricultural workplaces safer for everyone in North Carolina.




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