Dairy farmers react to ruling on overtime pay

We are hearing from dairy farmers about a ruling in Washington state that gives dairy workers overtime pay.

The state’s Supreme Court ruling could ultimately pave the way for all farm workers to get OT.

The Washington State Dairy Federation says that it will result in big changes in the industry.

“Their options are to eliminate jobs, to cut people back to 40 hours instead of say a 55 hour week that people are working in order to earn more money, to reduce their hourly rate, or just close their business, or put in robotics. You know, robotic milkers, robotic feed movers, etc., or even move out of state,” according to Dan Wood with the federation.

He says that the ruling has shocked the dairy community and the only option left is to file a motion for reconsideration.