This Wednesday, December 11, the House of Representatives is set to vote on H.R. 5038, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at securing a legal, stable workforce for American farms.

To ensure this bill moves out of the House with strong bipartisan support, which will increase the odds of the legislation being taken up by the Senate, contact your Representative TODAY and urge them to vote YES on the House floor.

Cory Lunde

Employers in every Western Growers-represented state should begin preparing now to pay higher minimum wage and H-2A wage rates beginning next year.

California

On January 1, 2020, the California minimum wage is set to increase to $13.00 per hour, up from $12 per hour, for employers with 26 or more employees. The rate will rise to $12 for employers with 25 employees or fewer.  By 2023, the minimum wage will go up to $15 statewide, regardless of how many employees a company has.

Yesterday, Representatives Zoe Lofgren and Dan Newhouse introduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which addresses two critical needs for American agriculture: to retain existing, experienced workers and to ensure a reliable future flow of guest workers. Western Growers Executive Vice President Dave Puglia attended the introduction of the bill in Washington, D.C., along with a host of other stakeholders who played a key role in developing the agreement.  

Stephanie Metzinger

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