The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes Arizona and California) has revived a claim for immigration and travel expenses brought by H-2A harvest workers who claim that costs they incurred in procuring employment and travel to the United States dropped their pay below the minimum wage during their first week of employment in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
On Monday, attendees at WG’s Annual Meeting PAC Luncheon in Honolulu heard U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) deliver remarks and answer audience questions about several initiatives he has taken on as the Chairman of the House Government and Oversight Committee. Issa spoke of the failures of government and how failure is not unique to any particular administration.
This week, two California Republicans, Rep. Jeff Denham and Rep. David Valadao, co-sponsored the comprehensive immigration bill introduced by Democrats earlier this month, H.R. 15. That legislation includes the stakeholder agreement reached between the Ag Workforce Coalition (AWC) and worker groups.
In a striking and potentially significant move, the California Agriculture Labor Relations Board (ALRB) reversed the decision of one of its regional directors that would have blocked Gerawan farm workers from holding an election to determine whether they would be represented by the United Farm Workers (UFW).
A full-page ad urging Republican members of Congress to move forward with a vote on comprehensive immigration reform has been circulating in media outlets throughout the state. Signed by 15 California legislators, the ad presses Republicans in the California congressional delegation to work with Speaker John Boehner to bring the issue up for a vote.
The fight for comprehensive immigration reform was brought to Washington D.C. in a big way this week as a coalition of leaders from top conservative faith groups, law enforcement and the business community converged on the nation’s Capitol to urge immigration reform.
As reported in Spotlight on October 15th, the Western Growers team, in coordination with its political and industry allies, moved quickly to mitigate the impacts of the government shutdown on the desert winter harvest. After working extensively with Members of Congress and their staffs, officials in the Obama administration, affected member companies...
As reported in Tuesday’s Spotlight, Western Growers and its members have been anticipating what the end of the government shutdown would mean to Arizona and California growers who are heavily dependent on H-2A workers to harvest winter vegetables.