Thursday, May 05, 2016

Happy Cinco de Mayo - Support California Farmworkers

Since Cesar Chavez’ March 31st birthday, nearly 10,000 farm workers took to the streets up and down key California agricultural regions to continue Cesar’s dream. They marched for AB 2757 “The Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016” to ensure farm workers get overtime pay after eight hours--the same as almost every other California worker.

Farm workers toil for low wages hour after hour, often in extreme temperatures and under dangerous conditions. Already more than 7,000 activists have pledged to support this vital bill. Join them by signing the pledge today!

California is the biggest agricultural employer in the nation and one of a handful of states with any overtime protection at all for farm workers. However, these laborers only receive extra pay after working a grueling 10 hours a day.

AB 2757 was introduced on February 19 in California’s legislature. It would gradually move toward paying California farm workers overtime if they labor more than eight hours a day or 40 hours a week by the year 2020. We’ve had two previous efforts to enact an eight-hour overtime law in California. The first bill passed the legislature in 2010, but was vetoed by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The second lost by just a handful of votes in the Assembly in 2012. The new law would be phased in over four years.

We’re fighting for workers like Jose Gusman who tells us, “It saddens and upsets me that others that work in offices with air conditioning are paid overtime after eight hours of work and farm workers in the valley that work in extreme climates and perform hard and heavy work that nobody wants to do, are paid overtime after 10 hours of work--and we’re paid the lowest wages and we’re exposed to pesticides that are applied in agriculture. I’m thankful to the United Farm Workers for fighting for us suffering farm workers, so that justice is done and we are paid overtime after eight hours worked--which is just.”

Help us support Jose and so many other workers. Sign the pledge today!

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