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06/07/2016
THE WHITE HOUSE: Statement by the President on the Death of Helen Chavez
06/07/2016
The Atlantic: The Legacy of Helen Chavez
06/07/2016
NPR: Helen Chavez, widow of labor leader Cesar, dies at 88
06/07/2016
NBC News: Quiet But Fierce: Farmworker Activist Helen Chavez Remembered
06/07/2016
Huffington Post: Activist Helen Chavez, Widow Of Cesar Chavez, Dies At 88
06/07/2016
Bakersfield Californian : Helen Chavez dies at 88
06/07/2016
KBAK: Helen Chavez, wife of Cesar Chavez, dead at age 88 @
06/06/2016
People's Vanguard of Davis (CA): State Assembly Votes To Uphold Institutional Racism in the Labor Code
06/06/2016
Helen Chavez, Wife of Late Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez, Dies at 88
06/06/2016
Fresno Bee: Helen Chavez, widow of UFW co-founder Cesar Chavez, dead at 88
06/03/2016
SFGate (CA): Monsignor Eugene Boyle, maverick priest of '60 and '70s, dies
06/03/2016
Vida en el Valle (CA): Farmworker union expanding its influence
06/03/2016
Sacramento Bee: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article81507937.html Sacramento Bee: Three Bible quotes later, no extra overtime pay for farmworkers By Jeremy B. White jwhite@sacbee.com California farmworkers will not be entitled to extra overtime pay, with lawmakers turning back a measure to lift laborers’ wages after an intense debate. After deliberation that spanned over an hour, featuring emotional speeches from 16 different lawmakers and three Bible quotes – two in favor of overtime and one against – Assembly Bill 2757 failed on a 37-35 vote, four short of the needed 41-vote majority. Eight Democrats opposed the bill and seven withheld votes. Congress excluded farmworkers from wage protections extended to other industries in passing the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act. California subsequently mandated that farm laborers receive overtime pay if they work more than 10 hours in a day or more than 60 hours in a week. The bill would have expanded upon that to bring agricultural overtime rules in line with other industries, eventually guaranteeing laborers one-and-a-half times their normal wages for every hour they work over eight in a day or 40 a week. Working more than 12 hours a day would have meant double pay. Farmworkers watched from the balcony and United Farm Workers of America President Arturo Rodriguez, whose union sponsored the measure, looked on from the floor. Lawmakers with agricultural backgrounds made emotional appeals on both sides: some who hailed from lines of farmworkers talked about uplifting those laborers, while others who worked on family farms warned about burying those businesses. If I could pick my dirt up and leave, I would. Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber “If I could pick my dirt up and leave, I would,” said Assemblyman Brian Dahle, R-Bieber. “My dream is to leave a flourishing farm to my children. You stand in the way of allowing my children to continue their great-grandather’s aspirations.” Advocates argued that farmworkers should be entitled to the same protections as workers in many other segments of the economy who draw extra pay for working long hours. Many cast the debate in terms of a broad historical pursuit of social justice, drawing parallels to slavery, sharecroppping and the farmworkers’ rights movement that gripped California decades ago. “This is not a new idea,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, whose grandfather traveled from Mexico to work in California’s fields as part of the bracero program. “It’s been tried and failed...but it’s absolutely the right thing to do.” But those arguments did not win over lawmakers who argued the measure would devastate agricultural business models. Opponents said different rules apply to farmworkers because of the unique nature of an industry governed by weather and the seasons. Prominent agricultural industry groups like the California Farm Bureau Federation opposed the bill. “People ask why do we treat ag differently – I can remember as a kid, during planting and harvest season, I hardly saw my father,” said Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City. “It’s hard work. It’s long hours.
06/03/2016
Los Angeles Times: Assembly kills bill to give California farmworkers overtime pay
06/02/2016
Environmental Working Group: n an Election Year, Food and Farm Policy Should be Part of the Debate
06/01/2016
Houston Chronicle: Fifty year anniversary of melon strike commemorated
06/01/2016
KGBT-TV (TX): Melon strike of 1966 commemorated in Rio Grande City
06/01/2016
The Monitor (TX): Melon strike 50 years ago in Starr County sparked Chicano movement in Texas
05/31/2016
International Business Times: Immigration Reform: To Get Driver's Licenses For Undocumented
05/31/2016
San Jose Mercury News (CA): Funeral Mass for Monsignor Eugene Boyle
05/23/2016
Washington Post: Farmworker health deserves attention
05/23/2016
ABC 10: Farm workers concerned about overtime bill
05/20/2016
Sacramento Bee: AM Alert: UFW convention draws high-profile speakers
05/19/2016
KERO 23 (ABC) (CA): Kerry Kennedy, RFK's daughter, to visit Keene, pay respects at Cesar Chavez's gravesite
 
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