Overtime bill a precedent.
Victory for farm workers
United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodriguez issued the following statement from the union’s Keene, Calif. headquarters after Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1066 (Gonzalez) ending the 78 years of exclusion from overtime for farm workers.
"For 78 years, a Jim Crow-era law discriminated against farm workers by denying us the same overtime rights that other workers benefit from. Here in the U.S. Today, Governor Brown corrected a historic wrong and set an example for other states to follow.
Farm workers have sacrificed and lead this fight. We thank the author Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and legislators who stood up and to the countless activists and civic organizations whose work with the United Farm Workers was instrumental to making this groundbreaking legislation the law of the land in the largest agriculture state in the nation.
Events will take place at UFW offices throughout California tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate this tremendous victory."
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