On August 22, 2016, a divided panel of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Morris v. Ernst & Young holding that class action waivers in arbitration agreements violate Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and are unenforceable. Section 7 of the NLRA provides that employees have the right “to engage in . . . concerted activities for . . . mutual aid or protection.”

This afternoon, the California Senate passed AB 1066, the ag overtime bill by a vote of 21 to 14, with 4 abstentions. The bill now moves to the Assembly for consideration and could likely be voted on this week. Western Growers urges ALL members -- whether they have already done so or not -- to IMMEDIATELY contact their assembly member and express their opposition to this bill.

Jeff Janas

An op-ed published in the Sacramento Bee by the head of the Yolo County Farm Bureau yesterday effectively reiterates Western Growers’ opposition to AB 1066, the ag overtime bill (Gonzalez-D) that threatens the potential future earnings of farmworkers. The bill jeopardizes the available work hours and jobs of farmworkers who, according to the op-ed, “can earn up to 50 percent more in a week than non-agricultural employees because they can work as much as 60 hours a week.”


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