Report shows progress for Mich. migrant workers
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A report released Monday shows that Michigan has made some progress toward improving the lives of the 90,000 migrant and seasonal farmworkers living in the state.
The report says the number of children participating in Migrant Education Programs has increased. The state has also expanded in-season inspections of migrant housing to ensure they follow proper guidelines and are safe.
Migrant labor is common up and down western Michigan where growers raise fruit and vegetables.
A 2010 report by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights called the condition of Michigan's migrant workers "unconscionable."
A workgroup made up of nine state agencies was formed to implement 15 recommendations, including ensuring migrant and seasonal farmworkers don't make less than the minimum wage and are informed about their legal rights.