Act Now: Tell your US Rep farm workers deserve overtime
“Why won’t Gov. Gavin Newsom meet on Cesar Chavez Day with elected farm worker leaders over a vital issue that directly impacts their lives?” asks United Farm Workers President Teresa Romero. This question has farm workers gathering to press the governor in 13 rural and urban California cities on March 31, along with labor leaders, elected officials, and a broad array of supporters.
These farm worker movement human billboard lines and other group actions are simultaneously taking place throughout the day across the state—from Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco to rural communities on the Central Coast and in the Central, Coachella and Imperial valleys.
All the actions call on Gov. Newsom to support of AB 2183, the Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Choice Act (Assemblymember Stone). The bill, re-introduced this year with more than 50 legislative co-authors, would provide more choices in how farm workers can vote in their union elections. A similar measure was passed by the Legislature but abruptly vetoed by Gov. Newsom last September.
“Farm workers feed the nation, but we are denied basic rights other workers have. We deserve to vote where we don’t have supervisors and labor contractors there pressuring us,” says vineyard worker Vianey Enriquez. “It’s impossible to have a free choice when you have the supervisor who threatened to fire anyone who voted for the union staring at you.”
See below listing of times, locations, and events of all 13 gatherings by farm workers and Supporters.
|Bakersfield||3400 21st Street Bakersfield, CA 93301||10:00 a.m.|
|Berkeley||UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza (near 2495 Bancroft Way) Berkeley, CA 94704||1:00pm|
|Calexico||313 W 2nd St Calexico, CA 92231||12:00 noon|
|Coachella||Cesar Chavez & Ave 50th Street 92236||12:00 noon|
|Fresno||1435 Fresno Street, Fresno CA 93707||9:00 a.m.|
|Los Angeles||Cesar Chavez Blvd & Alameda St, by Olvera St Los Angeles, CA 90012||4:00 p.m.|
|Los Angeles @ UCLA||UCLAs Bruin Walk, 308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095||10:00am|
|Modesto||Hatch and Highway 99, 95351||2:00 p.m.|
|Sacramento||Corner of 10th & N Streets (Southwest Corner of Capitol Park), Sacramento 95814||9:00 a.m.|
|Salinas||142 West Alisal Street Salinas, CA 93901||12:00 p.m.|
|San Diego||Cesar Chavez Prkwy & Logan St San Diego, 92113||1:00 p.m.|
|San Francisco||Cesar Chavez & Mission Street San Francisco 94110||12:00 noon|
|San Jose||Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 1 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113||9:30am|