farm workers en California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers <p>Paid rest breaks would become mandatory for farm workers and other outdoor workers under a bill now in the California legislature. The measure is an attempt to prevent heat related illnesses. From Sacramento, Max Pringle reports.</p><p>People who work outdoors are susceptible to dizziness, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal. Nicole Marquez with the advocacy group Worksafe says farm workers are commonly paid based on how much they pick.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:14:17 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 30491 at California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers Farm Worker Shortage Hits California Ag Industry <p>For the second year in a row, California farmers are complaining of a worker shortage.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on how the state’s $43.5&nbsp; billion agriculture industry is feeling the squeeze – and how consumers might, too.</p><p>Last year, nearly two-thirds of farmers in a California Farm Bureau Federation survey said they didn’t have enough workers to pick their crops.&nbsp; This year, says the Farm Bureau’s Brian Little, it’s a problem again.&nbsp; For farmers, that means…</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 01:49:29 +0000 Ben Adler 19160 at Farm Worker Shortage Hits California Ag Industry Immigrant Groups Upset With Governor Brown's Vetoes <p>Immigrant rights groups in California say Governor Jerry Brown is turning his back on immigrant communities.</p><p>Brown vetoed the so-called Trust Act. It would have stopped local police from cooperating with federal authorities to detain suspected illegal immigrants, unless they are charged with a serious or violent felony.</p><p>Reshma Shamasunder with the California Immigrant Policy Center says that federal policy has resulted in 80-thousand deportations.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 22:50:26 +0000 Valley Public Radio News Staff 4829 at For Brown, Busy Final Weekend of Bill Actions <p>California Governor Jerry Brown cleared a mountain of legislation off his desk over the weekend ahead of a midnight Sunday deadline. Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on some of the bills he signed and vetoed.</p><p>Brown signed a bill that will give some juvenile murderers sentenced to life without the possibility of parole a chance at parole after all; a bill that bans a controversial form of therapy aimed at “turning gay people straight,”&nbsp;and one that will allow some undocumented immigrants to obtain California drivers licenses.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 15:40:22 +0000 Ben Adler 4794 at For Brown, Busy Final Weekend of Bill Actions Suit Filed Against Valley Farm Labor Contractor <p>California Labor Commissioner Julie Su has filed a lawsuit against a Valley farm labor contractor for unpaid wages. The case filed in Fresno Superior Court on Monday alleges Javier Diaz of Diaz Contracting committed multiple violations, including failure to provide minimum wage and overtime to employees. The lawsuit seeks over $600,000 in unpaid wages, penalties and damages affecting 129 workers.</p> Tue, 07 Aug 2012 23:39:15 +0000 Joe Moore 1792 at Obama Praises UFW on 50th Anniversary <p>The United Farm Workers of America celebrated its 50th anniversary in Bakersfield this weekend. The two-day convention attracted hundreds of workers from the around the valley, and even the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis. Solis made the trip from Washington D.C. to speak with the supporters and honor one of the co-founders of the union, Dolores Huerta, with a special coin commemorating her activism for the community.</p><p>The conference ended with a video speech from President Obama, who praised the union for their hard work for fair pay for farm workers.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 01:39:58 +0000 Gabriela Ornelas 1800 at