Napo, a union for agricultural workers, asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for help in getting information on how to help them join a trade union.
“This union is concerned about a lack of representation among our members, and as an association of agricultural workers we are not in a position to make this representation a priority,” Napo said in a statement.
Napo has worked to unionize several thousand farm workers, and is asking the USDA to get a representative for their members.
“While we are proud of our achievements, we are also concerned about the lack of a representative on the agency’s Trade Union Board,” the union said.
“We also want the agency to ensure that our members are represented in a way that is fair, equitable, and effective.”
Napo’s request is one of many to help members of the farming and forestry industries who are members of other unions.
The Farm Bureau, a major agribusiness lobby, has been working with farmers to form an agricultural trade union to help improve union representation.
The group, called CFA, has helped to elect dozens of members of Congress, including Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Farmers also have called for a trade-union federation.
Farmers’ rights groups say that most members of farm unions don’t belong to the unions.
“They’re not going to get the support that we need from the union to make real gains,” said Bill Smith, the president of the American Farm Bureau Federation.
“And then, if they do, they’re going to be ignored.”
The farm bureau’s support for farm unions comes after the farm bureau endorsed a bipartisan plan in 2016 that would have created an Agricultural Trade Union Alliance.
That plan was withdrawn by the White House, and many in the farm union community believe that trade unions are a distraction.
“It’s a very different kind of union than what I’ve seen in other unions,” said Sam Kowalski, an agricultural economist at George Mason University.
“You’ve got a lot of people that have never been involved in union organizing, that are going to want to see if they can get a little bit of a foothold.
If they can, you’re going.
And then if they don’t, then they don.
They’re going where they’re supposed to be.”
A trade union for farmers The USDA is a division of the Department of Labor, which is tasked with regulating the agriculture sector.
In 2015, the agency published a proposal to create a new federal trade union agency to help ensure farm workers have representation in trade unions.
However, many of the proposed rules were withdrawn.
“The proposed rule on union representation is now no longer in effect,” USDA spokeswoman Stephanie Oster said in an email.
“Currently, it is not clear if the new agency will have the authority to establish a new union to address labor and farm issues.”
Smith and other members of farmers’ rights say the farm trade union is just one of several agencies the USDA is considering to help agricultural workers.
They are also pushing for the creation of an agricultural workforce association, a government-backed union, to help agriculture workers.
“One of the things that’s going to need to happen is the ability for the people who are representing these workers to be able to go to meetings with the representatives of their trade unions,” Smith said.
That would mean members of trade unions could be invited to meetings and meetings could be held without a union representing them.
The farm worker trade union also wants the USDA “to be able and willing to work with the farmers, the ranchers, the fruit and vegetable growers and other farmers to develop policies that would ensure that there is representation in the trade unions.”
Smith said that the current trade union system “just doesn’t work for farmers, because it’s really hard to get those people to organize in the first place.”
“You can’t get a lot done in a trade association when you’re not working with the farm workers themselves,” Smith added.
“Farm workers are so hard to organize, and so hard and so complicated to get into.”