TAKE ACTION: Farm worker overtime bill JUST passed CA Senate. Bill before the California Assembly. Call Assemblyman Ken Cooley. (D) 916- 319- 2008. Tell him to support workers rights.
“As farm workers, we work during the hot summers and the cold winters. I believe that we deserve the 8 hour day like any other American worker has."
Breaking news. The new farm worker overtime bill just was voted on in the CA senate and passed 21-14! It next moves on to the full Assembly floor for a final vote that has to happen before August 31. Can you help us pass this legislation by sending your email today to your CA Assembly person and ask them to support this vital bill?
The bill must be voted on before the legislative session ends on or before August 31 or CA farm workers will continue to be excluded from overtime laws enjoyed by most American workers.
The California State Assembly failed to pass legislation in June when a similar bill received a 38-35 vote, three short of the needed 41-vote majority. Fourteen Democrats sided with the Republicans despite knowing their vote was needed as farm workers were literally knocking on office doors imploring for their help. They are now being given another chance to right this wrong. Any extra steps you take as their constituent would be deeply appreciated by farm workers.
Daniel Navarrette is a strawberry worker who has been very vocal on this issue, visiting representatives numerous times to lobby for this bill. Daniel told his representative, “As farm workers, we work during the hot summers and the cold winters. I believe that we deserve the 8 hour day like any other American worker has."
Please help Daniel and thousands of farm workers who labor in California’s fields by sending your email to your California Assembly member today.
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* If you don't live in California you can still help. Go to http://action.ufw.org/1066avn to send an email to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon