Biden urges Newsom to OK invoice to assist farmworkers manage

In an common foray into California state politics, President Biden weighed in Sunday in help of a proposed regulation, now on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, that may make it simpler for farmworkers to prepare.

“I strongly help California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Alternative Act,” Biden mentioned in a press release Sunday afternoon.

“Farmworkers labored tirelessly and at nice private danger to maintain meals on America’s tables through the pandemic,” he mentioned. “Within the state with the most important inhabitants of farmworkers, the least we owe them is a neater path to make a free and truthful selection to prepare a union.”

To this point, Newsom has not signed Meeting Invoice 213, which was written by Meeting Member Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) and permitted by each the Meeting and the Senate final month. Newsom vetoed an analogous measure final yr.

Representatives for Newsom couldn’t be reached Sunday. However final month, a spokesperson issued a press release that the governor is “wanting to signal laws that expands alternatives for agricultural employees to return collectively and be represented” however that the governor didn’t help the invoice in its present kind.

The proposed regulation permits farmworkers decisions in how they vote in union elections, together with voting by mail. At the moment, the state holds secret poll union elections at a polling place designated by the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board.

Union officers mentioned the adjustments are essential to guard farmworkers from intimidation and deportation for supporting a union. However Newsom’s spokesperson mentioned his workplace “can’t help an untested mail-election course of that lacks vital provisions to guard the integrity of the election, and is based on an assumption that authorities can’t successfully implement legal guidelines.”

Biden’s motion got here just a little greater than every week after the United Farm Staff accomplished a 335-mile march from the UFW’s headquarters close to Delano to the state Capitol to attempt to stress Newsom to signal the invoice.

In 2020, the UFW endorsed Biden for president, largely within the hope he’d assist undocumented “Dreamers” and implement different immigration reforms and employee security protections.

“A Biden presidency will help enact the identical guidelines stopping farmworkers from dying or turning into ailing from excessive warmth that the UFW gained in California,” UFW President Teresa Romero said at the time.

In March 2021, the White Home reciprocated when First Woman Jill Biden visited Forty Acres in Delano, the historic birthplace of the United Farmworkers, and met with relations of César Chávez.

As The Occasions reported then, introductions had been made by Julie Chávez Rodriguez, the director of the White Home Workplace of Intergovernmental Affairs and the granddaughter of Chávez.

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