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At long last, victory for the farmworkers!

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  • Tom Louie
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 30, 2002
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      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
      Angeles):

      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."
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