Marking one of the biggest victories for California agriculture in the 2021 legislative session, Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed AB 616 on Wednesday. Despite misleading claims to the contrary, the UFW-sponsored card check bill would not have effected a simple shift to mail-in ballots. Rather, the bill would have denied farmworkers basic democratic protections in union elections and would have transferred the power of election oversight from the Agricultural Labor Relations Board to the UFW.

Cory Lunde

The California Legislature is currently in peak season as the Assembly and Senate rush to complete consideration of bills that were introduced in their respective houses. As a general rule, bills have to move out of their house of origin by June 4th in order for them to survive and continue through the legislative process. WG is actively lobbying many of these bills that affect the environment, labor, and water. Two bills that we are heavily opposing are AB 616 and AB 857.

Matthew Allen

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