April 24, 2022 – Human Rights Luncheon

Celebrating an historic victory for worker justice – the unionization of farm workers at the Pindar Vineyards in Peconic, Long Island!

About this event

The fight to unionize farmworkers — who are often excluded from labor laws that apply to other workers — goes back to the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt. This law, also called the Wagner Act, allowed workers to unionize and prevented employers from retaliating against workers who joined a union — with the exception of agricultural or domestic workers. At the time, many of these workers were Black and Roosevelt had compromised on the law with the Southern Democrats, who wanted to continue discriminating against and oppressing people of color. 

On July 19th, 2019, after nearly 2 decades of political advocacy and organizing, and over 8 decades of racist and exclusionary laws, agricultural workers in New York won the right to organize a union, a mandatory day of rest and the right to overtime pay through the passage of the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act!

On September 27th, 2021, Local 338 of the Retail, Wholesale, Department Store Union/United Food and Commercial Workers Union was certified by the state as the first union to represent more than a dozen farm workers at Pindar Vineyards in Peconic!

Join us on Sunday, April 24th from 2pm-3:30pm as we celebrate this historic victory for farm workers, unions and Long Island, and honor Senator Jessica Ramos, sponsor of the 2019 Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act, and the remarkable and inspiring partnership between Rural and Migrant Ministry and RWDSU/UFCW Local 338.


If you would like to become an event sponsor or take out an ad in our program, you can find sponsorship package options on the registration form above.

If you take an extra step today by becoming a monthly sustainer of Long Island Jobs with Justice, you can get FREE admission to the event and a bottle of union-made Pindar wine. Give what you comfortably can – current monthly donors range from $5-100/month. A little bit every month adds up to a very meaningful impact on our work to protect working people. Simply click “recurring” when you donate. Become a sustainer today!