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Gov. Brown signs controversial farmworker overtime bill

By 2022, California’s agriculture workers will have the same overtime pay structure as most other employees in the state after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure into law on Monday. The bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, took to Twitter to

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Officials silent on whistleblower’s allegations of “false statements” in union, farm dispute

The California agency in charge of defending farmworkers has declined to comment on a whistleblower’s allegation of insider wrongdoing, citing an ongoing internal investigation. The whistleblower alleged earlier this year that the agency’s office of General Counsel made misleading and

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Farmworkers resist state agency ‘in cahoots’ with union

In a turnabout for California’s storied history of migrant labor, Latino field hands are fighting to get the United Farm Workers, the union that carries on the legacy of founder Cesar Chavez, out of their lives and pockets. If the

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Labor-backed bill may force union on farm workers

Democratic state legislators passed a bill that could result in thousands of Fresno farm workers paying dues to a union that they may not support and abiding by a labor contract that they might not want. Senate Bill 25, authored

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Judge OKs Gerawan worker suit against ALRB

A historic lawsuit against California’s Agriculture Labor Relations Board is set to move forward. Brought by workers at Gerawan Farms, the suit alleged that the ALRB has violated the workers’ First Amendment right to freedom of association and their 14th Amendment right to

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Gerawan Farming files constitutional challenge against ALRB

Gerawan Farming is fed up. On Dec. 16, Gerawan filed a constitutional challenge against the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, with the United Farm Workers of America as a “Real Party of Interest.” It was filed with the California Court of Appeal, Fifth

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Farm workers fight UFW unionization

The United Farm Workers labor union and the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board have found themselves on the brink of ruination and even irrelevance. The labor union boasted 50,000 members by the end of the 1970s. But according to the UFW’s

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SB 25: A ‘surgical strike’ against CA agriculture

California’s vital farm sector could see costs rise sharply if SB 25 becomes law. Backed by state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, it would allow the United Farm Workers labor union to force an employer into mandatory mediation at

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Steinberg bill would triple size of UFW 6

July 3, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — If a labor union-friendly bill currently working through the California Legislature is signed into law, the United Farm Workers labor union stands to triple in size. According to peach and wine grape

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