California: June 2011 Archives

[Editor's Note from Kyle de Beausset: At the recommendation of Jocelyn Sherman at the United Farm Workers, I just read Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Movement. One of the best reads I've gotten through in a long time because it gets right into the details of how change is made from the ground up.

It has also made me feel a lot more connected to what is happening in California with the UFW in the present which made me feel like I had to get something up on this piece of legislation that's moving. I wish I could have written something myself but Dylan Anderson has graciously offered to allow me to put this up as a guest post.]

SB 104: Providing Farm Workers a 75-Year-Old Protection
By Dylan J. Anderson
United Farm Workers

Recently, both the California Senate and Assembly passed SB 104, "The Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act." Introduced by Senator Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), SB 104 would give the state's more than 400,000 farm workers an alternative to on-the-job polling place elections to decide whether to join a union. The new option would allow them to fill out state-issued representation ballots in their homes, away from bosses' threats and other interference. If a simple majority - more than 50 percent - of workers signs the ballots, their jobs would be unionized.

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