May 24, 2016

Western Growers Asks Feinstein to Reconsider Her Position on Ag Overtime Bill

Late last week, California Senator Dianne Feinstein unexpectedly issued a letter of support to Speaker Anthony Rendon for AB 2757, a UFW-sponsored farmworker bill that would change the overtime rules for agriculture.

In response, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif sent a letter to the senator asking her to reconsider her position after detailing the substantial regulatory burdens already placed on California farmers, especially in the wake of the $15/hour minimum wage bill recently signed into law.

Nassif followed the letter to Feinstein with an e-blast to members asking them to contact her and register their displeasure with her position on the bill.  

In early April, Western Growers initiated an advocacy campaign to kill the bill in the California Assembly asking members to contact their assembly members to tell them to vote ‘NO’ on AB 2757. We continue to urge our membership to contact their assembly members expressing their opposition to the bill.

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