Tuesday, April 26, 2016

We need more focus on domestic fair trade.

Here is one group working on it:
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http://agriculturaljusticeproject.org/?page_id=13


And  here's a bill wending its way through the California legislature.

AB2757, which addresses the differing standards for overtime in agricultural work, has passed the assembly Labor and Employment Committee.

Federal Fair Labor Standards exclude farmworkers. So once again California is taking the lead toward more just practices.

From the press release:

Over four years, the “Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016” – known as Assembly Bill 2757 – would gradually phase in standards for farmworker overtime lowering the current 10-hour day level to the standard 8-hour day, and establishing for the first time a 40-hour standard workweek. The phase-in would be by annual half-hour-per-day increments until reaching eight hours, and annual five-hour-per-week increments until reaching 40 hours. Both final standards would be achieved in 2020.
Assembly Labor Committee Chairman Roger Hern├índez (D-West Covina) and Assemblymembers Kansen Chu (D-San Jose), Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) and Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) voted for AB 2757 in committee. Assemblymembers Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) and Eric Linder (R-Corona) voted against the bill.

1 comment:

John Leech said...

From what I've read in Page Smith's multi-volume A People's History of the United States, agricultural and restaurant workers were excluded from some of the minimum wage law as passed back in the 1930s, as a compromise in order to get it through Congress. About time we fixed the flaw in the legislation.