The United Farm Workers union has sued the Department of Agriculture following a move by the Trump administration that could lead to lower wages for migrant workers and also lower pay for domestic workers, Business Insider reported.
The UFW is alleging that the administration broke the law when it canceled a survey of farm workers' wages.
The administration said in September that it was suspending the Farm Labor Survey, which compiles pay information for workers on farms and ranches, who are some the nation’s poorest-paid workers. The data from the survey establishes the minimum rate for more than 200,000 migrant farm workers and thereby keeps employers from underpaying domestic farm workers.
"The wage loss could amount to thousands of dollars to workers who are barely making both ends meet. These wage decreases will create a ripple effect, ultimately resulting in many US farm workers being paid less,” the UFW said in a statement.