IRVINE, Calif. (October 4, 2016) – The Western Growers Board of Directors has unanimously voted to oppose Proposition 206, the minimum wage and paid time off initiative on the 2016 Arizona ballot.
Tom Nassif, President and CEO of Western Growers, issued the following statement: “Proposition 206 will hurt Arizona’s farmers and the rural economies dependent on these family businesses. Labor is the single largest line item in a farmer’s budget; simple economics dictates that increasing such costs by nearly 50 percent will cause people to lose their jobs. The truth is, many family farmers, still recovering from the recession, will not be able to absorb the added financial and regulatory burdens of Proposition 206 and will be forced to eliminate countless jobs they currently provide to farmworkers. Furthermore, the cost of living disparity between rural and urban Arizona makes a one-size-fits-all minimum wage law fundamentally unfair to farming businesses in rural communities.”