Farm Workers

"You ride in the morning, you ride in the afternoon," Bill Jones, right, a foreman at Southern Valley Farms in Moultrie, GA, told Tywan Wright, left, a worker in the Southern Valley cucumber fields, by way of explaining why he was being denied a ride to work on a recent morning. According to the consent decree resulting from a suit brought against the farm by local workers, the farm has to provide transportation to the farm from town to workers who need it. By catching a ride home in the afternoon rather than riding with Jones, Wright broke farm rules and was counted as absent on the bus for the day, jeopardizing his ability catch a ride. Workers say they often have to wait about 3 hours after work for the official ride home. Wright eventually did get his ride to the farm, but not before being reminded of the rules. "You got to listen to the folks who are running the show," Jones said.
Farm Workers