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December 12, 2008 | Teresa Watanabe, Watanabe is a Times staff writer.
Aiming to ease farm labor shortages, the Bush administration issued sweeping changes to the nation's agricultural guest worker program Thursday, but California growers said the action would have only a minimal effect on their needs. The controversial rules, many months in the making by U.S.
June 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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.
October 7, 2007 | Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
With a nationwide farmworker shortage threatening to leave unharvested fruits and vegetables rotting in fields, the Bush administration has begun quietly rewriting federal regulations to eliminate barriers that restrict how foreign laborers can legally be brought into the country.
July 11, 2007 | Claudia Lauer, Times Staff Writer
Sites associated with the life and work of Cesar E. Chavez, the farm labor organizer and activist, will be considered for national historic landmark status or addition to the National Register of Historic Places under legislation passed Tuesday by the House.
April 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Authorities arrested a 24-year-old man and a juvenile who allegedly targeted a group of avocado pickers on their payday Saturday, robbing and shooting at about 20 workers and wounding two. Esau Bravo Vasquez and a 16-year-old boy were arrested for the shooting in an avocado grove in the unincorporated community of De Luz, said Riverside County Sheriff's Inspector Jerry Franchville. The pair allegedly threatened the group and when the workers tried to run, opened fire.
March 3, 2007 | David Mas Masumoto, DAVID MAS MASUMOTO, an organic farmer and author in Fresno, is a fellow at the Kellogg Foundation.
I HAVE A CHOICE of growing one of two types of peaches, but which one will be decided by Congress and President Bush. Without immigration reform, the better peach will be lost. One peach is complex; the other is simple. One involves many hands; the other would be the product of technology that controls the process as much as possible.
September 2, 2006 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
A farm labor bill that awaits its fate on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk appears simple on its face. But it underscores complex changes in California's competitive agricultural economy. The contentious legislation, which drew Democratic support and Republican resistance earlier this month, would require farm labor contractors to include on pay stubs the names and addresses of the growers whose fields their farmhands work.
May 23, 2006 | Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writer
As the Senate took steps to complete its debate on an immigration bill by the end of the week, lawmakers beat back efforts on Monday to change a guest farmworker program strongly supported by California farmers and labor unions. And Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced a measure meant to simplify the standards for legalizing most of the estimated 12 million undocumented workers in the United States.
April 17, 2006 | Miguel Bustillo, Times Staff Writer
While much of the country frets about too many illegal immigrants, farmers in this famed apple-growing region east of the Cascade Range complain they can no longer find enough. During the last two years, Yakima-area apple growers were so short of the migrant field hands they rely on to prune and pick their prized crop that a few brought in workers from Thailand. Others said they never did find enough workers and watched in anguish as precious fruit was left dangling on trees.
April 12, 2006 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
As debate rages over immigration, the United Farm Workers union and an agricultural labor contractor signed a nationwide agreement Tuesday covering guest workers. "This gives us a chance to have a national contract that protects the rights of agricultural guest workers," UFW President Arturo Rodriguez said. The contract, which provides such things as medical care and a grievance system, ends a battle between the UFW and Los Angeles-based Global Horizons Inc.
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