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WA overtime protections voices

SUNNYSIDE — A battle over changes in overtime pay for Washington’s agricultural workers continues to play out across the state.

This press note is a condensed version of the article originally published in the Yakima Herald-Republic on Friday, October 27, 2023, authored by JASPER KENZO SUNDEEN Yakima Herald-Republic.

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A battle over changes to overtime pay for farmworkers in Washington state is causing disagreements between those involved. Starting January 1, 2024, Washington farmworkers will qualify for overtime pay after a 40-hour workweek. The issue has provoked reactions for and against. The overtime pay changes stem from a 2019 lawsuit and a 2021 state law that ended the decades-long exemption for farm and dairy workers. The debate highlights the different perspectives and challenges faced by both workers and employers in the agricultural industry.

The battle over changes to overtime pay for farmworkers in Washington state has led to different positions and perspectives among various stakeholders. It is important to note that each position is respectable and represents the interests and concerns of different groups.

The debate surrounding overtime pay for farmworkers is complex and involves balancing the financial viability of businesses with the fair treatment and compensation of workers.

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