At long last, victory for the farmworkers!
- Great news! Governor Gray Davis evidently decided to stop playing with
his checkbook, and signed the bill that will provide arbitration in
cases where the owner stonewalls in contract negotiations. The
agricultural interests fought this bill tooth and nail, and the spell
they cast over Davis with trheir financial contributions was only broken
by thousands of people marching, writing letters, and fasting. No word
yet on how many compromises the farmworkers had to put into the bill
(like possibly having the bill "expire" after only a few years). Also,
Davis "compensated" for the farmworkers bill by vetoing drivers'
licenses for the undocumented. What sucks is that Davis did not make
either one of these decisions based on the merits of the issue --
another classic case study for getting money out of politics. Campaign
contributions = bribes.
"United Farm Workers
Victory for farmworkers!
UFW hails Gov. Davis' signature on legislation aiding the state's
'poorest and most abused workers'
United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez issued the following
statement from the union's Keene Calif. headquarters after Gov. Davis
announced he has signed SB 1156 by state Senate leader John Burton
(D-San Francisco), and AB 2596, by Assembly Speaker Herb Wesson (D-Los
The historic legislation Governor Davis has signed will allow many farm
workers to finially realize the 1975 farm labor law's promise of the
right to organize and bargain with their employers. The governor's
signature will mean some of the poorest and most abused workers in
California can win the life-changing benefits of union contracts for
themselves and their families.
We are grateful to all the legislators who supported these long-overdue
reforms, but especially to state Senate leader John Burton, without whom
this victory would not have been possible."