AB 2183, the UFW-sponsored bill that guts the secret ballot process for farmworkers, is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2023. Ag employers should begin preparing now to ensure they are not targeted for unionization.

The bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom provides two options for agricultural employees to unionize: an election process with mail-in ballots in which growers must agree at the beginning of the year to maintain union neutrality or be subjected to the “card check” process, in which a majority of employees sign cards indicating they support union representation.

Jason Resnick

If you import or export product, it is your responsibility as the importer or exporter to properly classify your product. Customs classifications are complex and are used to determine applicable duties, trade statistics, and other government agency requirements. The Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) sets out the tariff rates and statistical categories for all merchandise imported into the United States.

The Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology is hosting an in-person workshop on hygienic and sanitary design for automation harvesters presented by WG’s Science Programs Director Afreen Malik and Justin Kerr, Founder of Factor IV Solutions.

The workshop will take place at the CIT in Salinas, Calif. on Oct. 31, 2022 from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. It is open to both WGCIT startup and interested WG member companies.

Space is limited; please RSVP to Emily Lyons at elyons@wga.com in order to attend.

Ann Donahue

The second year of data collection for Western Growers’ Global Harvest Automation Report is underway, and we need growers and start-ups to fill out surveys to help the industry confront the ongoing threat from chronic labor shortages.

Western Growers’ Global Harvest Automation Initiative (GHAI) aims to automate 50 percent of the fresh produce harvest within 10 years through a series of projects involving growers, automation start-ups and key industry players.

Ann Donahue

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