With state legislators preparing to return to work in Sacramento on August 1, Western Growers urges members to schedule meetings with their state senator and assembly member to register their strong opposition to AB 1066, the California ag overtime bill. This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 1st.    

AB 1066 would repeal the 10-hour/day and 60-hour/week overtime threshold directly threatening the livelihood of farmworkers as it would compel farmers to reduce available work hours and could even threaten jobs.

On August 1, the California Legislature will return from summer recess, and legislators will once again vote on legislation that would repeal the 10-hour/day and 60-hour/week overtime threshold for field workers. Despite being rejected by the Assembly in early June, the measure has been inserted into an unrelated bill that will be considered by state legislators during their final month of work in August. 

Calling the legislation ambiguous and unconstitutional, the Nisei Farmers League (NFL) filed an application for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction with the Superior Court of California in Fresno against AB 1513. The state law that requires piece-rate workers to be paid for “other non-productive time” and rest and recovery periods separate and apart from piece-rate earnings.

Jeff Janas

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