The winegrape harvest at Bien Nacido Vineyards in Santa Barbara County on California's Central Coast. In spite of increased mechanization, a farmworker labor shortage has wine grape growers worried about the coming harvest.
As California's wine grape harvest gets under way, most of it will be done by machine. But as growers face ongoing labor shortages, mechanization isn't a cure-all. Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports.
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California farm workers will be able to earn overtime pay under the same rules as non-farm workers under a bill signed yesterday (Monday) y Governor Jerry Brown. It requires farmers to pay their employees overtime after 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler reports.
California farm workers could soon be eligible for overtime the way most laborers are: if they work more than 8 hours in a day or more than 40 hours in a week. That's a change recently passed by the California Legislature and awaiting action from Governor Jerry Brown. But as Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric reports, the move might not add up to bigger paychecks.
Both the Butte and Valley fires in northern California were in areas with vibrant wine industries. Fortunately vineyards in both areas were relatively unscathed by the flames. As Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg reports smoke damage is now the concern.
Widely-watched, heavily-lobbied legislation that would allow California farm workers to receive overtime pay more quickly did not come up for a vote yesterday (Thursday) as it was expected to. Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports that led to a renewed pledge from the Assembly Speaker that it will pass.
Triple-digit temperatures this summer are raising the risk of heat-related illness for farm workers in California's Central Valley. Farmworkers and growers don't agree on how safe the fields are, and the numbers don't provide a clear picture. Capital Public Radio's Shahla Farzon reports.
The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. is honoring California labor activist Dolores Huerta -- who helped Cesar Chavez organize the beginning of the farm workers labor movement -- with a special exhibition opening this week. Diana Aguilera reports for Capital Public Radio that it's also a significant event for Latinos.
You may soon be able to buy a bottle of your favorite craft whiskey when you visit a distillery tasting room in California. Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on a bill that advanced in the Legislature yesterday (Tuesday).
In recent years, a growing number of wine makers have been screw caps instead of natural corks. The trend worries national cork producers who have mounted an ad campaign targeting Northern California wine buyers. Capital Public Radio's Leslie McClurg considers what's the best seal for your bottle.