Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Grower Threatens Ag Workers' Right to Organize
Coalition of Immokalee Workers in particular have been successful in obtaining higher pay, decreasing sexual harassment and promoting "worker-driven social responsibility" and justice.
California has protected agricultural workers' right to organize since 1975. However, the growers refused to recognize the unionized workers until the law was amended to include mandatory mediation. The United Farm Workers have been using this new provision to obtain contracts. Gerawan Farming and conservative think-tank organizations have recently challenged California's Agriculture Labor Relations Act. Some legal observers do not believe the Act will be overturned and Gerawan Farming will only succeed in delaying contracts.
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*Some of the facts for this blog post came from Bon Appetit Management Company Foundation, Inventory of Farmworker Issues and Protections in the United States (March 2011).