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Workers will generally work in teams to harvest tobacco. Workers will help prepare tobacco to be placed in barns and with loading and unloading tobacco barns.
Cut and lay plants on ground, pick up plants (2-3 each), hand plants to spearer, spear plants onto lath, load into wagon. Workers will handle and hang tobacco leaves for drying. Pass lath progressively upward in barn and hang lath onto poles, standing at considerable height.
After curing, take down tobacco and strip/bundle leaves for market. When tobacco is removed from the curing board, workers will be expected to assist each other by placing tobacco on sheets to be bound in bundles and loaded in trucks for transport. Take care to prevent damaging plants at all stages to ensure wrapper-quality product.
Work requires working on rails in barns/curing structures, which are 48 inches apart and from 6 feet to 20 feet above the ground. Workers must have no fear of working from heights. Work may also include mechanized field work using power equipment. By way of example and not limitation power equipment may include tractors, planters, sprayers, cultivators and other farm and packing house equipment. Work is to be done in the field for long periods of time. Workers are expected to perform duties including weighing and loading of product. Workers will assist in loading trucks with product weighing up to and including 70 pounds and lifting to a height of 5 feet for long periods of time. Workers should be able to work on their feet in bent positions for long periods of time. Work requires repetitive movements and extensive walking. Allergies to ragweed, goldenrod, insect spray, related chemicals, etc. may affect workers’ ability to perform the job. Workers are exposed to wet weather early in the morning through the heat of the day, working in fields. Temperatures may range from 10 to 100 F. Workers may be required to work during occasional showers not severe enough to stop field operations.
Workers may not smoke or use tobacco products while performing any job associated with handling tobacco. Workers found using tobacco while handling plants or performing any job associated with handling tobacco, will be terminated immediately. This rule will be aggressively enforced out of concern for the spread of tobacco mosaic and other diseases and contamination of tobacco. Persons seeking employment as experienced tobacco farm worker must be available for the entire period requested by the employer.
Employer may request, but not require, workers to work more than the stated daily hours and/or on a worker’s Sabbath or federal holidays. Workers will have an unpaid lunch break. Worker must report to work at designated time and place each day. Daily or weekly work schedule may vary due to weather, sunlight, temperature, crop conditions, and other factors. Employer will notify workers of any change to start time.
TERMINATION. All workers will be subject to a five-day trial period, during which the employer will evaluate workers' performance of required tasks. Employer reserves the right to terminate a worker at the conclusion of the trial period if the worker’s performance fails to satisfy the employer’s reasonable expectations, or is otherwise unacceptable. Employer may terminate a worker for lawful job-related reasons, including but not limited to situations in which the worker: (1) Is repeatedly absent or tardy; (2) malingers or otherwise refuses, without cause, to perform the work as directed; (3) commits act(s) of misconduct or repeatedly violates the Work Rules; and/or (4) fails, after completing the five day trial period, to perform work in a competent and skillful manner, consistent with the employer's reasonable expectations. Non-U.S. workers may be displaced as a result of one or more U.S. workers becoming available for the job during the employer’s recruitment period.
- Job Classification:
- 45-2092.02 - Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop