June 14, 2008 |
State officials are shutting down a San Joaquin Valley farm labor contractor that hired a pregnant teen who died while pruning grapes last month. Authorities suspect 17-year-old Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez died because Merced Farm Labor denied her proper access to shade and water even as she worked in 100-degree heat. The California Department of Industrial Relations issued the stop-work order Thursday.
November 18, 2013 |
Del Monte Fresh Produce, one of the world's leading producers of fresh fruit and vegetables, has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit related to the mistreatment of Thai immigrants working on pineapple farms in Hawaii. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Del Monte and several farm labor contractors in 2011, accusing the companies of discriminating against workers recruited from Thailand from 2003 to 2006. The EEOC said the money will be distributed to the Thai immigrants who were mistreated.
November 30, 1999 |
The California Highway Patrol on Monday announced a toll-free hotline on which farm workers, motorists and others can report the illegal operation of agricultural labor vehicles. The phone number, connected to the CHP's newly expanded farm labor strike force in Fresno, is (800) TELL-CHP. The hotline was part of a legislative response to a traffic crash in the San Joaquin Valley on Aug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2003 |
Seizing on a powerful new weapon aimed at ending contract disputes, the United Farm Workers union requested Thursday that state agricultural officials impose mandatory mediation to resolve a long-running labor fight at Southern California's largest mushroom farm. The filing is the first by the UFW under a new state law that allows agricultural workers or employers to seek mediation in cases where farm-labor negotiations reach an impasse.
October 16, 1997 |
Reflecting slow progress in their ballyhooed campaign to recruit California's 20,000 strawberry pickers, labor leaders say they won't seek any union representation elections in the industry this year. Instead, they now talk about holding elections beginning in 1998. That marks a retreat from several months ago, when officials of the United Farm Workers vowed to call for government-supervised voting in 1997 to give strawberry pickers the chance to bring in the union.
December 11, 1993 |
The head of the United Farm Workers union has told an Assembly committee that fraudulent collection of unemployment benefits by agricultural workers is costing the state millions of dollars a year. UFW President Arturo Rodriquez said some unscrupulous farm labor contractors and growers are responsible and are encouraging the practice because it enables them to keep wages low.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2002 |
The spring harvest is at hand, and the Salinas Valley labor pool is showing strains. No one is reporting a severe labor shortage, but the peak harvest season is looming and the high cost of housing and increased security at the Mexico border is troubling for some. Alonzo Bayardo, general manager of farm labor contractor Escamilla and Sons, said that although the availability of workers remains level, business has been affected.