By Ed Diokno
Larry Itilong and Cesar Chavez, the late founders of the United Farm Workers, would have been pleased.
The California Assembly passed AB1066 – the bill that gives farmworkers the same overtime rights as other workers. If signed, it would be the first in the nation. All that it needs to make it a law is Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.
“Proud that the Assembly helped promote more justice, equity, fairness and dignity today by passing overtime for our hard-working and invaluable farmworkers,” said Assemblymember Rob Bonta, chair of the API Legislative Caucus.
Brown hasn’t indicated where he stands on the issue. Despite signing the landmark Agricultural Labor Relations Act when he was governor before, from 1975 to 1983, and frequently mentioning his close friendship with Cesar Chavez, during his current stint as governor, he has sided with agribusiness and vetoed legislation that the UFW supported.
“We’re asking for equality, eventually. It starts today however,” said Assemblymember Lorena Gonzales, one of the co-authors of AB1066.
To help persuade lawmakers sitting on the fence, the UFW brought hundreds of farmworkers Monday to the Capitol to help lobby for the measure.
— Rob Bonta (@RobBonta) August 30, 2016