farm labor

County of Riverside

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on Tuesday to support quarantine housing and financial relief for farmworkers who test positive or are exposed to COVID-19. KVCR’s Megan Jamerson spoke with the organization partnering with the county about the fund’s significance and how it is only the beginning of the support these workers need.

Luz Gallegos of TODEC legal center says farmworkers in the Coachella Valley are faced with an impossible choice when they are told they should quarantine.

“It’s either you work or you don’t eat,” said Gallegos.

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A piece of the California Dream has always belonged to immigrants who saw field work as a stepping stone to improve their lives.  That story is shifting, with fewer migrants crossing the border from Mexico.  But for many California farm workjers, the only path forward is still through the fields.  As part of our statewide public radio collaboration looking at the California Dream, Capital Public Radio's Julia Mitric brings us this story.

You visit the grocery store or local farmer's market. Picture your favorite vegetable. to get it into your hands, it's possible a farm worker had to first pick it with theirs. 

But as Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai explains, many California farmers are struggling to find workers, especially in the so-called "Salad Bowl of the World."

Wildfire smokeis affecting the health of California's farm workers, according to a researcher from UC Davis.  Capital Public Radio's Nadine Sebai has more.

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.

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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.