Hotter temperatures can increase heat-related illnesses, reduce paychecks and even kill those who labor outdoors.
News Story (California)
September 12, 2018
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Tags: Farm and Migrant Workers
Organizations mentioned/involved: California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. (CRLA), California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF)
As heat waves become more severe and climate change exacerbates extreme temperatures, advocates say the United States is facing a public health crisis among agricultural workers. Because of the heat, they must contend with everything from an increased risk of kidney disease, to loss of pay as work schedules are reduced due to the extreme temperatures, to overexertion as some take on multiple jobs to compensate for those lost hours.