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Carol Brooke

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Worst-of-all-worlds immigration bill would harm foreign and U.S. workers

Just when you thought U.S. immigration policy couldn’t get any crueler or more dysfunctional, along come the conservative Republicans in the congressional “Freedom Caucus” to take things to a new low. The latest potentially disastrous proposal:

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Obama administration rules for homecare workers upheld; time for NC to get on board

If there were a contest to identify the most neglected group of workers in modern North Carolina, the folks commonly referred to as homecare workers would be top contenders. Homecare workers – including certified nursing assistants, home health ...
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A day’s work should mean a day’s pay

“A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work”: This old saying used to have real meaning in the American economy. Sadly, in recent years, it has been proven untrue over and over again – especially in North ...
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True immigration reform must include farmworkers

With the election past and immigration reform proposals on the horizon, farmers are scrambling to preserve their access to cheap and exploitable foreign labor. North Carolina has more temporary foreign agricultural workers than any other state. These farmworkers, ...
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State’s spraying rules need more debugging

Published in the News & Observer

The state Department of Agriculture's case against Ag-Mart Produce, Inc. for pesticide violations has dragged on for three years now and the state is still struggling to make the fines stick. This protracted legal mess has uncovered glaring deficiencies in North Carolina's pesticide law.

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AgMart decision exposes loopholes in NC pesticide laws

By Carol Brooke, NC Justice Center In what is becoming a dismal refrain, AgMart Produce, Inc. is again “off the hook” for hundreds of alleged pesticide violations that put workers, consumers and the environment in danger. A state ...
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