On February 19, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will vote on revisions to the heat illness prevention standard (General Industry Safety Orders §3395). Previous proposals were roundly criticized by Western Growers and other industry groups in written comments and at a public meeting last September.
President Obama has dispatched his labor secretary to engage in talks with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in order to try to bring an end to the months-long contract dispute between both parties.
Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif sent a letter to the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) on February 12, 2015, strongly objecting to a recent staff decision to deny limited increases in export pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta under certain conditions and asked the Board to rapidly reconsider its decision on the Temporary Urgency Change Petition (TUCP).
Siding with 26 states that filed a lawsuit to block implementation of President Obama’s Executive Orders announced last November, a federal district court judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction yesterday halting the program on the basis that the president overstepped his authority.