Saturday, July 3, 2010

Agricultural labor: Assembly passes bill providing overtime pay for farmworkers - latimes.com

Agricultural labor: Assembly passes bill providing overtime pay for farmworkers - latimes.com

In a lengthy debate that covered human rights and economics, opponents countered that increasing pay would hurt the state's $36 billion-a-year agriculture industry, whose farmers sometimes operate on slim profit margins, and their employees, who probably would wind up with a pay cut.

Florez's bill passed on a 46-26 vote but faces an uncertain fate with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The former movie action hero from Austria and onetime bricklayer has a mixed record on agricultural labor issues.

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