Unions & Organized Labor

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Ag Association Critical of State Assemblyman

From KSBY.com, Associated Press, 6 Apr 2012. SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – The Ventura County Agricultural Association is criticizing a California assemblyman [Das Williams], alleging he posed as a United Farm Workers union organizer in a dispute with a Ventura strawberry grower. Association lawyer Rob Roy said Friday that a complaint will be filed next … Continue reading

Celebrating the Farmworkers’ Filipino American Champion

From SFBG.com, Dick Meister, 20 Feb 2012. Dick Meister, former Labor Editor of SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for more than a half-century. He’s co-author of “A Long Time Coming: The Struggle To Unionize America’s Farm Workers.” Contact him through his website, www.dickmeister.com, which includes more than 350 of his columns. … Continue reading

The Diary Of Joaquín Magón Entry 10: Why Does It Have to be this Way?

From CoachellaUnincorporated.org, Joaquín Magón, 13 Feb 2012. “It’s ironic that those who till the soil, cultivate and harvest the fruits, vegetables, and other foods that fill your tables with abundance have nothing left for themselves.” – César Chávez I would assume that the world would see it cruel to desert an old man because he is … Continue reading

Eyewitness Describes Brutality in Tobacco Fields

From PeoplesWorld.org, Blake Deppe, 28 Oct 2011. When Brenda Loya, of AFL-CIO Media Affairs, traveled along with 25 students, activists, and labor leaders to Dudley, N.C., she became a witness to the atrocious environment and conditions of the tobacco farm workers. Loya said of the experience, “We drove 40 minutes into the country to visit labor camps … Continue reading

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Farmworker Bill

From Blogs.SacBee.com, David Siders, 9 Oct 2011. Sacramento, CA — Four months after vetoing labor-backed legislation that would have made it easier to unionize farmworkers – touching off a highly personal, late-night protest at the Capitol – Gov. Jerry Brown announced this evening that he has signed the compromise measure he helped negotiate. Senate Bill 126, by … Continue reading

Some Question Whether California Farmworker Protections Go Far Enough

From SacBee.com, The Sacramento Bee, Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sept 2011. BUTTONWILLOW, Calif. — At noon, when the morning breeze had faded and the temperature hit 95, a union representative walked into the sweltering field to check on dozens of farmworkers harvesting peppers. A middle-aged worker with a T-shirt placed under his cap to … Continue reading

Union-Backed Measures in Calif. Leave Governor in Jam

From SacBee.com, The Sacramento Bee, David Siders, 11 Sept 2011. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As the California Legislature finished in a flurry early Saturday and left town, it left Gov. Jerry Brown in a jam. Among the raft of bills approved in the final hours of the legislative session were several union-backed measures that, if Brown vetoes, could strain … Continue reading

Assembly Passes Bill Sympathetic to Farmworkers

From SFGate.com, Sheila V. Kumar, Associated Press, 8 Sept 2011. Sacramento CA — Farmworker unions in California would be certified automatically if an employer is found to be guilty of election misconduct under a bill that passed the state Assembly Thursday. SB126 by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat from Sacramento, would punish … Continue reading

FLOC, Family Seek Justice in 2007 Death

From ToledoBlade.com, Claudia Boyd-Barrett, Blade Staff Writer, 8 Sept 2011. Epifania Cruz still remembers the joy she felt when her son Santiago Rafael Cruz returned to his native Mexico after years away in Toledo. It was 2007, and the 29-year-old Mr. Cruz, who had worked as a union organizer for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee … Continue reading

Proposed Labor Bill would Preserve the Secret Ballot

From CFBF.com, California Farm Bureau Federation, Christine Souza, Assistant Editor, 7 Sept 2011. As the state Legislature works toward its deadline for bills in the first year of the current session, a bill proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown has been introduced that makes revisions to the state Agricultural Labor Relations Act, and preserves the secret … Continue reading

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