Friday, April 1, 2011

Farmworkers, unions: Bill would make it easier for California farmworkers to unionize - latimes.com

Farmworkers, unions: Bill would make it easier for California farmworkers to unionize - latimes.com

Reporting from Sacramento -- State lawmakers acted Thursday to make it easier for California farmworkers to unionize.

The legislation would give farmworkers the option of unionizing without the usual petition, followed by a secret-ballot election. Instead they could submit cards signed by a majority of workers to state labor officials.

The measure was approved on a 24-14 party-line vote by the state Senate and sent to the Assembly on Cesar Chavez Day, the state holiday recognizing the co-founder of the United Farm Workers. Supporters are betting it will get a better reception from Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown than from his Republican predecessor, who vetoed similar bills.

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