On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation that expands union rights for agricultural employees.
In accordance with a statement issued by the office of the governor, the Governor, the United Farm Workers (UFW), and the California Labor Federation have reached an agreement on language that will be introduced during the legislative session of the following year in order to address Newsom’s concerns regarding the implementation and the integrity of the voting process.
According to the office of the governor, AB 2183 will add new voting methods for farm workers to participate in union elections. These new voting methods will include options for mail-in ballots and authorization cards that are submitted to the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board. These new voting methods will be in addition to the existing method of voting in person.
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BREAKING: I just signed a bill that will expand farmworkers’ union rights. ✊🏽
Our farmworkers represent the very best of California. Hard working. Determined. Inspiring.
They deserve the fundamental right to advocate for themselves in the workplace. pic.twitter.com/3xKPS4ssEb
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 28, 2022
After that, Governor Newsom said:
Our state has been defined by the heroic activism of farmworkers, championed by American legends like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong. California is pleased to stand with the next generation of leaders carrying on this movement.
The federation will be able to protect worker anonymity and safety thanks to the agreement, which includes a restriction on the number of card-check petitions that can be filed during the next five years and includes a limit on how many petitions can be filed.
The walk from the Central Valley to the capitol took some farmworkers and supporters of the law a total of 24 days and 335 miles, and some of them have been camped there ever since they arrived. Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta were the ones who pioneered the route in 1966 when they first walked it.
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