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November 18, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
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 | From a Times Staff Writer
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.
July 4, 2003 | Fred Alvarez, Times Staff Writer
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.
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.
April 9, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
September 13, 2000
A bill on Gov. Gray Davis' desk, intended to offer farm workers a modicum of protection from abusive labor contractors, is a pale shadow of its original form, but it's a beginning. It deserves Davis' signature. As passed by the Legislature after much compromise with the agriculture industry, AB 2862 would require growers only to verify that their labor contractors, who supply most of the seasonal labor in the industry, are properly licensed by the state.
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