The United Farm Workers of America (UFW) has been ordered to pay $1.2 million in unpaid overtime and other penalties in a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of current and former employees.

On Monday, Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills ruled in favor of about 160 UFW employees, finding that their employer failed to pay overtime and meal periods.

Immigrant rights groups have leveraged social media to organize employee walkouts and protests across the country today, Thursday, February 16. The planned “Day without Immigrants” is intended to protest the Trump administration’s executive orders with respect to immigration and underscore the importance of migrants to the country's economy and social structure. It is unclear to what extent agricultural workers intend to participate.

On June 21, 2016, The Produce News published an "article" titled "Equitable Food Initiative partners with industry to advance labor issues." The piece touts the Equitable Food Initiative as a "'one-stop-shop' certification covering labor, pest management, and food safety standards."

The story, which also contains a three-minute video of EFI executive director Peter O'Driscoll lauding the benefits of EFI, appears indistinguishable from an editorial or a news article. In reality, it is a paid advertisement.

Jeff Janas



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