Labor, Legislation, Unions & Organized Labor

Jerry Brown Proposes Alternative to Farmworker Union Bill

From Blogs.SacBee.com, 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 law that has only been changed once since I signed it in 1975,” Brown, governor before from 1975 to 1983, told The Bee before speaking at a green energy conference in Las Vegas.

Brown said he has proposed to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg changes to existing law to reduce the time by which growers can delay bargaining and to allow for the immediate reinstatement of employees unfairly fired during organizing drives, among other measures.

The Democratic governor said his proposal “does speed things up, and it does provide a remedy.”

The “card-check” legislation would provide unionizing farmworkers an alternative to the secret ballot, letting unions organize them instead through signed petition cards. Brown said such a bill is “not something I’m going to do in the last week of the session.”

He said, “If people want more far reaching changes, those should be the subject of more deliberation that involves workers, growers … academics, and other interested parties.”

Brown vetoed a similar bill in June despite intense pressure from fellow Democrats and labor allies, touching off an emotional protest at the Capitol.

The California Chamber of Commerce called the bill a “job killer,” and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, vetoed the legislation four times in four years.

Farmworkers plan to protest at the Capitol on Sunday.

Source: Blogs.SacBee.com, “Jerry Brown proposes alternative to farmworker union bill” by David Siders, 30 Aug 2011.

About Farmworkers Forum

Farmworkers Forum is an online news and information resource for and about farmworkers. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed and very much appreciated! Let us know how we can improve this forum to better serve your needs and interests.

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

________________________________
Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 139 other followers

%d bloggers like this: