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Push to pay overtime to Oregon’s farmworkers up against strong industry opposition

The Oregon Farm Bureau and other agricultural interests are fighting a legislative proposal to require overtime pay for farm workers. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

A fight is brewing in the Oregon Legislature over a proposal to give farmworkers overtime pay after 40 hours a week.

Democratic supporters say the change is long overdue and that extending overtime pay to a group of essential workers who toil long hours, do difficult work and earn low wages is a matter of equity. But Republican opponents say the bill would slice into . . .