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Jerry Brown Proposes Alternative to Farmworker Union Bill

From, David Siders, 30 Aug 2011. With labor unions pressing him again on legislation to make it easier to organize farmworkers, Gov. Jerry Brown said today that he remains opposed to so-called “card-check” legislation, but he proposed a package of compromise measures to protect workers from grower interference. “This is not a time for fundamental changes in a … Continue reading

Undocumented Labor is the Dairyland’s Bread and Butter

From, Erich Straub, 29 Aug 2011. There is a crisis in America. Initially, both political parties disagree about how to fix it. The rhetoric is heated — but finally a majority moves towards a common-sense solution. Unfortunately, a small minority refuses to budge. For them, compromise is a dirty word and they will have … Continue reading

Q&A: How Will EPA Decision Impact CA Pesticide Use

From, Ngoc Nguyen, 29 Aug 2011. The use of pesticide methyl bromide in California, approved annually by state regulators, discriminated against Latino school children, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last Thursday. The federal agency reached a settlement with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), resolving a civil rights complaint from 1999. The … Continue reading

Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis Signs Agreements with Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and El Salvador Ambassadors Protecting Rights of Migrant Workers

From, Dept. of Labor, 29 Aug 2011. ILAB News Release: [08/29/2011] Contact Name: Gloria Della or Joshua Lamont Phone Number: (202) 693-8666 or x4661 Release Number: 11-1278-NAT Ceremony coincides with start of Labor Rights Week WASHINGTON — Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today signed joint declarations and letters of arrangement with Ambassador Aníbal de … Continue reading

US Pesticide Regulation: Weaknesses, Loopholes, and Flaws Undermine Farmworker Health

From, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Jennifer Sass, PhD and Mae Wu, JD, Aug 2011. Note from Farmworkers Forum: This is part of an excellent series of essays on, the website of Physicians for Social Responsibility. To read more of the series, visit: How does our nation’s reliance on pesticides affect the health of those … Continue reading

A Dole Strawberry Harvester Speaks Out About the Pesticide Methyl Iodide: “We Are Not Like Animals to Experiment With”

From, Dana Perls,, 24 Aug 2011. Farm worker Doroteo Lopez says, “We are working everyday to put food on people’s tables so that they can be healthy. We also have the right to be healthy.” Twenty-nine-year-old Doroteo Lopez has worked on farms his whole life. Currently, he’s employed by Dole in Salinas, California, … Continue reading

Activists Take over Gov. Brown’s Facebook Wall

From,  “Activists Take over Gov. Brown’s Facebook Wall” 25 Aug 2011. SACRAMENTO, CA – Hundreds of people have bombarded California Governor Jerry Brown’s Facebook and Twitter accounts urging him to immediately ban the use of the cancer-causing pesticide, methyl iodide. More than 750 people have written on California Governor Jerry Brown’s Facebook wall and tweeted at him over … Continue reading

Ga. Farmers Planting Less Food

From, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Melissa Stiers, 26 Aug 2011. ATLANTA, GA — The new state immigration law has some Georgia farmers planting less food for the fall harvest. They’re worried about a worker shortage. Some farmers couldn’t get all their crops out of the ground last harvest because they didn’t have enough people to … Continue reading

In Alabama, Immigration Law Hits Pocketbooks

From, La Opinión, Editorial, 26 Aug 2011. Editors of La Opinión write that it is time for Alabama to understand that restrictive immigration state laws have serious side effects that hit everyone’s pocketbooks. First, it happened in the state of Georgia. Now, it is time for Alabama to understand that restrictive immigration state laws have … Continue reading

Government Nixes H-2A Reference Requests

From, Mitch Lies, 25 Aug 2011. State agency tells employers not to seek work information on domestic workers U.S. employers can’t ask for references when seeking domestic workers under the federal H-2A guest worker program, according to a foreign labor specialist with the Oregon Employment Department. The prohibition puts employers in a bind with … Continue reading

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