Jerry Brown, a onetime champion of farmworker causes whose relationship with
farm labor appeared to fray in recent years, signed legislation Monday granting
agricultural workers the same right to overtime pay as other Californians.
bill’s enactment marked a major victory for the United Farm Workers union – and
a setback for industry interests – six years after Brown’s predecessor, Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, vetoed a similar bill.
fourth-term Democrat, signed Assembly Bill 1066 without comment. He refused to
discuss the legislation in a meeting with the editorial board of The Sacramento
Bee on Monday afternoon, declining to talk about any subject other than his
ballot measure to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early parole.
farmworker overtime bill’s enactment followed narrow passage in the Legislature
and intense lobbying by farmworkers. Assembly Bill 1066 will raise overtime
wages for agricultural workers incrementally over four years, ultimately
matching other industries by requiring time-and-a-half pay for more than eight
hours in a day or 40 hours in a week.
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