Take our jobs. No, really.

Check out UFW President Arturo Rodriguez talk about the Take Our Jobs project tonight on The Colbert Report, 11:30 p.m. EST on Comedy Central.

If you think that migrant workers are stealing all the “good, American jobs,” think again.

The United Farm Workers Union recently launched a campaign to show Americans that migrant workers aren’t taking any jobs that average American workers actually want. UFW’s “Take Our Jobs” campaign offers citizens and legal residents the opportunity to, quite literally, fill out an application for a labor-intensive, six-day-a-week, low-paying agricultural job, with no health benefits.

Does that sound like a good, American job to you? Not to us.

“I think everybody in our society is pretty clear that the least desirable job in the U.S. is being a migrant farm worker,” said Rob Williams, director of the Migrant Farm Worker Justice
. “If someone said to me, ‘Here’s a hazardous job and there’s no worker’s compensation,’ I’d say, ‘No thanks, it’s kind of a no-brainer.”

Since June 24, about 4,000 people have filled out an application to take one of the jobs that the United Farm Workers has on offer.  But only a few dozen have gone all the way and started working in the fields.  According to UFW, most applicants change their mind when they realize that modern farm work isn’t exactly Little House on the Prairie. Farm work has to happen rain or shine – even if it’s over 100 degrees.

The hours are long, the pace is grueling, and the pay is abysmal. Some smaller farms don’t even have to pay their workers minimum wage, and most don’t offer health benefits.  And what if you’re injured on the job? Well, you might be out of luck: 15 states don’t require farms to offer workers’ compensation at all.

The bottom line? Immigrant labor in America’s farms is critical – and if conditions are ever going to get better for farm workers, they must have the legal right to work, so they can come together and organize.

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