labor http://kvpr.org en California Assembly Committee Passes Farm Worker Sexual Harassment Bill http://kvpr.org/post/california-assembly-committee-passes-farm-worker-sexual-harassment-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A California Assembly committee passed a bill Wednesday that would give the state the power to revoke the licenses of farm labor contractor’s if they hire supervisors who have sexually harassed workers.</p><p>Michael Marsh is an attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance. He says his office deals with complaints of sexual harassment and sexual assault on a regular basis.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:14:19 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 34776 at http://kvpr.org California Assembly Committee Passes Farm Worker Sexual Harassment Bill Yosemite Workers Rally To Keep Jobs Amid Contract Uncertainty http://kvpr.org/post/yosemite-workers-rally-keep-jobs-amid-contract-uncertainty <p class="p1">Concessions workers at Yosemite National Park held a rally today over concerns that a new contractor could leave some longtime employers out of work.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Delaware North Corporation has held the park's exclusive food service and lodging contract since the early 1990's.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Park Service recently announced that it is soliciting new proposals for the deal.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">Sarah McDermott is with the Unite Here Local 19 union:&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 02:03:57 +0000 Kerry Klein & Joe Moore 32627 at http://kvpr.org Yosemite Workers Rally To Keep Jobs Amid Contract Uncertainty Farmer Suicides Cast Shadow Over U.S. Agriculture http://kvpr.org/post/farmer-suicides-cast-shadow-over-us-agriculture <p>America’s farmers are dying. But it’s not just because they’re aging. In 1978 the average age of the American farmer was 50, today it’s around 58. But there’s another even more troubling issue facing those who grow our food - &nbsp;farmers taking their own lives.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:34:39 +0000 Joe Moore 31561 at http://kvpr.org Farmer Suicides Cast Shadow Over U.S. Agriculture California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-mandate-paid-rest-breaks-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 http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers New Biography Paints Complex Picture Of Cesar Chavez http://kvpr.org/post/new-biography-paints-complex-picture-cesar-chavez <p>Charismatic, &nbsp;controversial, courageous and complicated. Those are just a few words that could sum up the life of the late civil rights leader and farm labor activist Cesar Chavez. Now over 20 years after his death, a new biography seeks to provide fresh insight into a man who is an inspiration for millions. The book is called <a href="http://crusadesofcesarchavez.com/">“The Crusades of Cesar Chavez”</a> by <a href="http://twitter.com/miriampawel">Miriam Pawel</a>, who joined us on Valley Edition to talk about Chavez the man and Chavez the myth.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:13:24 +0000 Joe Moore 30243 at http://kvpr.org New Biography Paints Complex Picture Of Cesar Chavez Here And Gone: Fight Over Fresno's Cesar Chavez Boulevard Remains Fresh, 20 Years Later http://kvpr.org/post/here-and-gone-fight-over-fresnos-cesar-chavez-boulevard-remains-fresh-20-years-later <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In October of 1993, the Fresno City Council voted to rename three city streets - Kings Canyon, Ventura and California - in honor of the late farm labor activist Cesar Chavez. The move was part of a campaign by local Latino groups who sought to honor the </span>UFW<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> founder, who had died earlier that year.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:40:12 +0000 Joe Moore 30208 at http://kvpr.org Here And Gone: Fight Over Fresno's Cesar Chavez Boulevard Remains Fresh, 20 Years Later Director Diego Luna Brings The Story Of Cesar Chavez To The Silver Screen http://kvpr.org/post/director-diego-luna-brings-story-cesar-chavez-silver-screen <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Later this month, the story of the late farm labor leader Cesar Chavez hits the silver screen with a </span>biopic<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by acclaimed director Diego Luna. It’s the first time a major motion picture has been made about the life of the founder of the United Farm Workers Union. It features a cast of Hollywood stars including America </span>Ferrera<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Rosario Dawson and John </span>Malkovich<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, with Michael Pena cast as the late civil rights hero. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:53:48 +0000 Joe Moore 29873 at http://kvpr.org Director Diego Luna Brings The Story Of Cesar Chavez To The Silver Screen Road Trip To Collect Dust Bowl Stories on 75th Anniversary of 'Grapes of Wrath' http://kvpr.org/post/road-trip-collect-dust-bowl-stories-75th-anniversary-grapes-wrath <p>A group of artists is gearing up for a cross-country road trip that will end in California. It&#39;s part of <a href="http://www.grapesofwrath75.org/">a project to mark the 75th anniversary</a> of John Steinbeck&#39;s novel &quot;The Grapes of Wrath.&quot; Steve Milne reports.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:07:06 +0000 Steve Milne - Capital Public Radio 22452 at http://kvpr.org Road Trip To Collect Dust Bowl Stories on 75th Anniversary of 'Grapes of Wrath' Bill to Increase California's Minimum Wage Passes Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/bill-increase-californias-minimum-wage-passes-legislature <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A bill that would gradually increase the California minimum wage to $10-an-hour has passed the State legislature and is on its way to the governor. It would be the first increase in the minimum wage in six years.</p><p class="p1">Democratic Senator Bill Monning says if you’re a Californian subsisting on the current state minimum wage, you’re living a second class existence.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:34:32 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 21544 at http://kvpr.org Bill to Increase California's Minimum Wage Passes Legislature Minimum Wage Deal at California Capitol http://kvpr.org/post/minimum-wage-deal-california-capitol <p class="p1">It looks like California’s minimum wage will go up next year for the first time since 2008.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on the deal announced today by Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders.</p><p class="p3">Under the deal, California’s $8-an-hour minimum wage would rise to $9 in July of next year, and then to $10 in January of 2016.&nbsp; That’s a faster pace than the original bill that’s been moving through the legislature this year.&nbsp; But it does not include automatic adjustments for inflation, as was previously proposed.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 01:24:24 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 21434 at http://kvpr.org Minimum Wage Deal at California Capitol Author Interview: Seth Holmes Talks About Farmworkers' "Broken Bodies" http://kvpr.org/post/author-interview-seth-holmes-talks-about-farmworkers-broken-bodies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the House and Senate continue to struggle to find common ground on the issue of immigration reform, one University of California, Berkeley professor is working to bring new insights into a significant group of undocumented immigrants here in California and throughout the west – those who pick the food we eat every day.</span></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:05:29 +0000 Joe Moore 20995 at http://kvpr.org Author Interview: Seth Holmes Talks About Farmworkers' "Broken Bodies" Controversial Farmworker Bill Passes Assembly http://kvpr.org/post/controversial-farmworker-bill-passes-assembly <p>The California Assembly has approved a bill that would make it easier for farm workers to obtain union contracts with their employers.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the measure passed Monday with the bare minimum votes needed – despite strong opposition from growers.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:53:42 +0000 Joe Moore 20309 at http://kvpr.org Controversial Farmworker Bill Passes Assembly Congressional Reps. Urge Brown to Sign TRUST Act http://kvpr.org/post/congressional-reps-urge-brown-sign-trust-act <p>Nearly 30 California congressional representatives have written to Governor Jerry Brown urging him to sign legislation that would reduce deportations of undocumented immigrants. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>The TRUST Act would limit when local law enforcement agencies could hold undocumented immigrants before turning them over to federal immigration officials for possible deportation. Members of California’s congressional delegation, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, are urging Brown to sign the measure if it gets to his desk.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:48:03 +0000 Katie Orr 20034 at http://kvpr.org Congressional Reps. Urge Brown to Sign TRUST Act Why Picking Your Berries For $8,000 A Year Hurts A Lot http://kvpr.org/post/why-picking-your-berries-8000-year-hurts-lot As the supply chain that delivers our food to us gets longer and more complicated, many consumers want to understand — and control — where their food comes from.<p>But even if we meet farmers at the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/08/30/160303008/on-the-farmers-market-frontier-its-not-just-about-profit">farmers market</a>, urban consumers are still largely divorced from the people who grow, pick and package our food. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:31:00 +0000 editor 19773 at http://kvpr.org Why Picking Your Berries For $8,000 A Year Hurts A Lot In Sacramento, Lawmakers Start Sprint To End of Session http://kvpr.org/post/sacramento-lawmakers-start-sprint-end-session <p>After spending a month working around their home districts, California Assembly members are back at the Capitol to finish up final the six weeks of the legislative session. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, there’s no shortage of things to get done.</p><p>Members of the California Assembly buzz around the chamber like kids just back to school after a long summer break. Colleagues greet each other and catch up, having spent a month away from Sacramento on summer recess. And like a stern teacher, Speaker pro Tem Nora Campos had to ask everyone to settle down.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 01:35:00 +0000 Katie Orr 19525 at http://kvpr.org In Sacramento, Lawmakers Start Sprint To End of Session Farm Worker Shortage Hits California Ag Industry http://kvpr.org/post/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 http://kvpr.org Farm Worker Shortage Hits California Ag Industry Deal Speeds Athletes Workers' Comp Bill Through Capitol Committee http://kvpr.org/post/deal-speeds-athletes-workers-comp-bill-through-capitol-committee <p class="p1">A workers’ compensation bill that’s provoked a high-stakes lobbying fight between professional sports teams and players unions has passed a key hurdle in the California legislature.</p><p class="p1">The bill would prevent out-of-state athletes from filing claims in California’s workers’ comp system.&nbsp; Under a deal reached to move the measure forward, athletes who spend part of their career in the state would be eligible only if they play a certain amount of time for California teams.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 01:39:57 +0000 Ben Adler 18135 at http://kvpr.org Deal Speeds Athletes Workers' Comp Bill Through Capitol Committee Why Unions Oppose Overhauling CEQA http://kvpr.org/post/why-unions-oppose-overhauling-ceqa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The coalition of groups that will fight efforts in the state legislature this year to overhaul the California Environmental Quality Act is taking shape.&nbsp; It includes environmental groups, some Democratic lawmakers … and labor unions.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on why unions are on this side of the </span>CEQA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> debate.</span></p><div> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:08:47 +0000 Ben Adler 12090 at http://kvpr.org Why Unions Oppose Overhauling CEQA GOP Bill Would Allow Flexible Work Schedules http://kvpr.org/post/gop-bill-would-allow-flexible-work-schedules <p></p><p></p><p>A California lawmaker is reviving a proposal that’s stalled in previous years that would allow employees to work flexible schedules – such as four 10-hour days each week.</p><p>Republican State Senator Tom Berryhill says his bill would let individual workers ask their companies for more flexibility.</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 02:14:20 +0000 Ben Adler 11844 at http://kvpr.org GOP Bill Would Allow Flexible Work Schedules Costs for Funding State Retiree Health Benefits Grows http://kvpr.org/post/costs-funding-state-retiree-health-benefits-grows <p></p><div><p>A new report shows the unfunded liability for state retiree health benefits in California has grown to more than $63 billion.</p><p>As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, State Controller John Chiang says some increases in future liability could be prevented.</p></div><p>Chiang says the unfunded obligation for state retiree benefits has grown almost two billion dollars from 2011 to 2012. That’s less than expected because of fewer and less expensive healthcare claims.</p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 03:30:19 +0000 Amy Quinton 11150 at http://kvpr.org Costs for Funding State Retiree Health Benefits Grows