August 11, 1999 |
In the aftermath of Monday's crash that killed 13 migrant workers in the San Joaquin Valley, emergency legislative reforms were proposed Tuesday that include a bill to require safety belts on farm labor vans. "These accidents are almost as predictable as the harvests in the valley. We are tired of these accidents," said a shaken Assemblyman Dean Florez, a Democrat from the valley city of Shafter.
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August 14, 2005 |
The nectarine came off the branch with a rustle of leaves and a snap of the stem. The flesh was soft and light, with a tangy aftertaste that was only slightly sour. It was a few days from being perfectly ripe -- and that, said Central Valley labor contractor Fred Garza, was a problem. It might have been too ripe to make the market in time. "The harvest started getting away from us. We should have 25 men here, but we only have six," Garza said while standing in a nectarine orchard last month.
April 21, 2003 |
The sight of farm workers weeding in the field, bent over rows of strawberries, carrots and lettuce, soon could become a thing of the past if farm labor groups have their way. The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board is considering a request by worker advocates and labor unions to ban all hand weeding in commercial agriculture.
June 11, 1993 |
In a trial permeated by the memory of Cesar Chavez, a jury found the United Farm Workers Union guilty Thursday of outrageous conduct during a lettuce boycott but awarded the grower less than a third of the monetary damages it wanted. An official with Salinas-based Bruce Church Inc. said the verdict vindicated the company's view that the union engaged in illegal and malicious conduct in persuading grocery chains to drop Church lettuce in the 1980s.
August 31, 1996 |
In grand fashion, the U.S. Department of Labor bestowed its first regional Agricultural Employer of the Year award Friday on Southern California's largest tomato grower, Harry Singh & Sons, for improving the working and living conditions of farm workers. But the award was immediately booed by some state labor investigators and workers' advocacy groups. The reason: The state says the Oceanside farm owes about $1 million in unpaid overtime wages to hundreds of workers.
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March 28, 2001
With the observance of Cesar Chavez Day on March 31, this is a good time to remember the contributions of migrant farm workers in making California one of the nation's agricultural leaders and for bringing to market the fruits and vegetables we eat. Despite technological advances, today's farm workers continue to struggle under difficult circumstances not unlike those depicted in the Great Depression novel "The Grapes of Wrath."
May 24, 2013
Re "Open the talent door," Opinion, May 21 While UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi called very rightly for immigration reforms to better attract foreign scholars, innovators and entrepreneurs, another article in Tuesday's Times detailed the attempt by Congress to shape legislation providing for much-needed and relatively inexpensive farm labor, primarily from Mexico. Traditionally, our country's immigration policy has allowed the poor and uneducated to move here with their families to take the low-paying jobs that Americans don't want.
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.