Thursday, June 30, 2011

Jerry Brown vetoes farmworkers' bill - latimes.com

Jerry Brown vetoes farmworkers' bill - latimes.com

Reporting from Sacramento -- Gov. Jerry Brown, whose signature more than three decades ago gave agricultural workers the right to unionize by secret ballot, vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have made it easier for farm laborers to organize.

The proposal has been the top legislative goal for years for the United Farm Workers, whose founder, Cesar Chavez, had strong ties to Brown. It would have allowed the union to bargain for employees without holding an election — by simply collecting signatures from a majority of workers on cards saying they wanted representation.

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