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August 11, 2002 | NANCY CLEELAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When a young mushroom picker named Jose Garcia defied his employer and voted to join the United Farm Workers 27 years ago, he figured he'd done the hard part. The wage hikes, health benefits and job security promised by labor hero Cesar Chavez in a bruising campaign were sure to be just around the corner. But Garcia, now 46, said he earns less in inflation-adjusted dollars than he did as a teenager. His medical care is limited to what he can get at the local emergency room.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To shouts of "viva" and an outburst of applause from farm workers in the gallery, the Assembly voted Monday to submit agricultural labor contracts to binding arbitration when talks between unions and growers reach a deadlock. If signed by Gov. Gray Davis, who has concerns about it, a spokesman said, the bill would mark the first time that the state's landmark agricultural labor relations law has been amended since it was enacted in 1975.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2002 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To shouts of "viva" and an outburst of applause from farm workers in the gallery, the Assembly voted Monday to submit agricultural labor contracts to binding arbitration when talks between unions and growers reach a deadlock. If signed by Gov. Gray Davis, who according to a spokesman has concerns about it, the bill would mark the first time that the state's landmark agricultural labor relations law will have been amended since it was enacted in 1975.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2002 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Workers embroiled in a long-running contract dispute with owners of Southern California's largest mushroom farm are pinning their hopes on proposed legislation that could force a settlement in the stalemate. The bill, written by state Senate leader John Burton (D-San Francisco) and backed by the United Farm Workers union, would permit binding, third-party arbitration in cases where farm labor negotiations reach an impasse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2002 | George Skelton
SACRAMENTO What's good for the goose is good for the gander. We're not talking here about farm geese, but farm workers. Actually, we're also talking about money and how it influences politicians. This episode has all the markings of a classic case. The principal difference between the goose and the gander--two distinct groups of farm workers--is that one gives politicians money and the other does not. Let's begin by turning back several pages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2002 | Associated Press
The families of 13 tomato pickers killed in a crash returning home from work and two survivors are eligible for more than $2 million after a judge ruled that their commute was covered under workers' compensation. In a decision made public Friday by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, a judge ruled that the farm workers were exceptions to a "going and coming" rule that prevents commuters from collecting workers' comp benefits.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2002 | BRIAN MELLEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
When the stranger showed up at his tiny house six months ago, the 86-year-old retired farm worker didn't trust what he was hearing. Modesto Montero, a slight man with wrinkled brown hands and a back hunched over after years of working in the lettuce fields of California's Salinas Valley, didn't remember any pension. But when Doug Blaylock handed him a check for $73,748, Montero became a believer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A judge with the Agricultural Labor Relations Board has ruled that the Pictsweet Mushroom Farm in Ventura illegally fired a mushroom picker engaged in organizing activities for the United Farm Workers union. The 31-page ruling was delivered last week by Administrative Law Judge Douglas Gallop. Gallop said that during three days of testimony last fall state prosecutors proved the firing of Fidel Andrade violated provisions of a state law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Demanding a contract and better treatment of laborers at Pictsweet Mushroom Farm, a boisterous group of farm workers, union leaders and political activists marched across Ventura on Saturday from a high school to a park near the embattled farm's headquarters on Gonzales Road. The marchers--carrying handmade signs and red United Farm Workers flags with black eagle insignias--stopped traffic on several busy streets.
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