July 26, 2016

Last Chance to Meet with Legislators in District Offices on CA Ag Overtime Bill

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.

Labor unions are actively campaigning for this bill. While working from their district offices, legislators need to hear from constituents like you so they understand why this bill is bad for your workers. Your personal involvement is crucial.  

In May, Western Growers laid out our opposition to the bill in a letter to California Senator Dianne Feinstein. The letter may provide helpful talking points that can be “personalized” in legislative meetings (Please note that this letter references AB 2757, overtime legislation that was defeated in June; the text of AB 2757 was inserted into an unrelated bill and now exists as AB 1066).  

To find the contact information for your state senator or assembly member, use the directories below:

Senate Directory

Assembly Directory

Note:  Some members have multiple district offices. Please contact the office that is most convenient for you to set up an in-person meeting.

If you do not know which state senator or assembly member represents you, you can search using your address via this link.  

For more information, contact Matthew Allen at (916) 446-1435.