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


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