Working Conditions

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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

BVM Reports on National Farm Worker Ministry

From BVMCong. org, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feb 2012. “Did you eat today? Thank a farmworker!” has greater meaning for me following the National Farm Worker Ministry Board meeting Jan. 27–28 in Yuma, Ariz., winter lettuce capital of the United States. Around 5 a.m. our group drove some 45 minutes to the … Continue reading

Cal-OSHA Cites, Fines Company for Farmworker Death

From SacBee.com, The Sacramento Bee, Associated Press, 11 Jan 2012. OAKLAND, Calif. — California workplace regulators have fined a labor contracting company $74,125 in the death of a farmworker last summer. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal-OSHA, said Wednesday that it issued the citation and penalty to Holtville-based C. Clunn Consulting after the death … Continue reading

Farmworker Interviews Reveal Heat Stress Illness

From CIRSInc.org, Vallerye Mosquera, 7 Jan 2012. With funding from University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, researchers at UC Davis and the California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) recently partnered with the Organizacion de Trabajadores Agricolas de California (OTAC) to conduct interviews with farmworkers in the Stockton area. We hoped to learn more … Continue reading

Program Teaches Farm Labor Contractors How to Avoid Problems

From The Grower.com, Fritz Roka, Cesar Asuaje, and Carlene Thissen, 28 Dec 2011. Editor’s note: This is the Immokalee Report, a monthly column written by researchers at the University of Florida’s Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. This column appeared in the November-December 2011 issue of Citrus + Vegetable Magazine. A new University of Florida/Institute of Food and … Continue reading

Orchid Grower Paying $200K for Harassment

From BusinessWeek.com, 29 Nov 2011. OXNARD, CA — One of the nation’s largest orchid growers is paying $200,000 to settle a sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit says Hispanic women at Oxnard-based Cyma Orchids Inc. were groped and sexually propositioned during a pattern of harassment … Continue reading

Fatal Explosion at a Pistachio Farm in Kings County

From ABCLocal.Go.com, Jessica Peres, 30 Nov 2011. KINGS COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — Emergency crews rushed to the rural area next to a pistachio grove after a loud explosion fatally injured a worker. It happened on the property of Nichols Farms while several workers were trying to extract fuel from a diesel tank. Det. Shawn McRae said, … Continue reading

Number of Suffocation Deaths in Grain Bins is Increasing

From KansasCity.com, Kansas City Star, Mike McGraw, 25 Nov 2011. The image of Patrick Hayes’ face after he suffocated in a grain bin under 60 tons of corn still haunts his father, Ron, who remembers: “Tears running down his cheeks; corn dust in his nose, his mouth, his eyes …” That deadly accident occurred 18 … Continue reading

Need a Reason to be Thankful This Year? Look at These Food Justice Wins

From ColorLines.com, Julianne Hing, 23 Nov 2011. Whether you’re sitting down to a Tofurky loaf or a bacon-swaddled Turducken this Thanksgiving, now’s a good time to show some gratitude to the country’s food workers and food justice activists who are fighting to keep communities whole while they keep the country fed. People of color are … Continue reading

Sustainable Living – Thanking the Hands That Feed Us

From SanFernandoSun.com, Shawn Dell Joyce, Creative Syndicate, 23 Nov 2011. Thanksgiving is a holiday built around food. We gather, we gorge, we acknowledge the work of the cook, and perhaps we thank the divine. But rarely do we honor the hands that feed us. Growing the food that feeds our country is one of the … Continue reading

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