A bill that would extend labor benefits and protections like collective bargaining rights and overtime to farm workers is opposed by more than a dozen pro-business and taxpayer advocacy groups.

In a letter released by Unshackle Upstate on Monday, the organizations urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration and state lawmakers to not back the legislation.

“Farms across New York – especially in Upstate communities – are already struggling to survive. If this proposal is enacted into law, it will have dire consequences for farmers, farm workers and consumers,” said Michael Kracker, executive director of Unshackle Upstate. “We hope this letter will serve as a wake-up call to our leaders in Albany.”

The bill is gaining momentum this session, however, as Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon announced support for the legislation.

A rally will be held on Monday at the Capitol in support of the bill as well as the legalization of marijuana and extending access to driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.

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