Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Newsom Signs Farmworker Election bill.


Alongside Farmworkers at the State Capitol, Governor Newsom Signs Law Expanding Farmworker Union Rights


The Governor’s Office finalized an agreement with UFW and the California Labor Federation on clarifying language next year to ensure worker protection

SACRAMENTO – Today, alongside advocates and farmworkers outside the State Capitol, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation expanding union rights for farmworkers. This follows the Governor, United Farm Workers (UFW), and the California Labor Federation having agreed in a letter on clarifying language to be passed during next year’s legislative session to address Governor Newsom’s concerns around implementation and voting integrity. “California’s farmworkers are the lifeblood of our state, and they have the fundamental right to unionize and advocate for themselves in the workplace,” said Governor Newsom. “Our state has been defined by the heroic activism of farmworkers, championed by American icons like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong. California is proud to stand with the next generation of leaders carrying on this movement.”   AB 2183 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) creates new ways for farmworkers to vote in a union election, including options for mail-in ballots, and authorization cards submitted to the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, in addition to the existing in-person voting process. The supplemental agreement between the Newsom Administration, UFW, and the California Labor Federation includes a cap on the number of card-check petitions over the next five years, and will allow the ALRB to adequately protect worker confidentiality and safety. This additional agreement would be codified into law with a bill next year that would be supported by both the administration and the union. The agreement will be codified with additional legislation next year backed by the union and the administration.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Support Farm Workers Right to Free Elections

 Tomorrow at 2 pm: Join us at the Sacramento State Capitol for a FREE concert by Tom Morello supporting AB2183!

Since we ended our 335-mile march for the Governor's signature on August 26, farmworkers and supporters have held a 24 hour vigil at the State Capitol to demand that Governor Newsom sign AB2183.

Tomorrow, on Day 24 of our vigil, renowned activist and musician Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine will join farmworkers and community members and perform a free concert to support farm workers and their vital bill. Join us. 

The free concert will occur at 2 pm, at the vigil site located at N Street and 11th street, right outside the Sacramento Capitol. 

Out of the area or unable to attend? You can show your solidarity by: 

Friday, September 16, 2022

Thursday, September 15, 2022