The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that California’s Assembly Bill 51, which would make it unlawful for California employers to require applicants and employees to sign arbitration agreements as a condition of employment, is not preempted by the Federal Aviation Act (FAA). The court lifted a lower court’s injunction that has barred the law from taking effect since 2019. 

Jason Resnick

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

Magatte Wade, the founder and CEO of SkinIsSkin, will deliver the kickoff keynote at the Western Growers 2021 Annual Meeting, which will be held from Nov. 7 – 10 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, in San Diego.

SkinIsSkin, “the lip balm with a mission” is produced in Senegal, and Wade is dedicated to reducing racial discrimination while creating jobs and prosperity in her home country.

Ann Donahue

Pages

Join Western Growers

Western Growers members care deeply for the food they grow, the land they sustain, the people they employ, and the community in which they live.