On Friday, January 13, 2017, William B. Gould IV announced his resignation as chairman of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), effective no later than February 22, 2017. The resignation letter cited frustrations with the state bureaucracy for stalling his key proposal, a proposed rule that would expand ALRB agents’ access to fields for purposes of educating California farmworkers about their union organizing rights.

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Governor Brown’s budget proposes an increase of five new positions and $1 million for the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) Waste Discharge Permit Fund.

During the budget briefing conference call with state agencies, Western Growers’ staff questioned why the $1 million increase was necessary. 

Since 2004, the governor’s budget has capped the ILRP budget at 23 positions; however, four other regions have also adopted ILRP programs, necessitating the need for a larger budget. Those regions are:

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