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A coalition of dairy and vegetable farms in New York state has filed a last-minute federal lawsuit on Monday to try and temporarily halt a New York state law that will grant more labor protections to farmworkers. 

The Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act is set to take effect on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. However, a lawsuit against the new legislation was filed on Monday, a day before the court closed for the New Year’s holiday and won’t open again until a day after the new law takes effect.

Workers rights advocates are planning rallies across the state for a bill that would give farmworkers access to labor protections they don't have.

Right now, in the U.S., federal law states that all workers have the same basic rights -- including overtime pay, the right to unionize, and a day of rest -- except for farmworkers.

West Crosgrove is with Rural and Migrant Ministries. They’re advocating for a state bill that would extend those protections to farmworkers.