In an common foray into California state politics, President Biden weighed in Sunday in help of a proposed legislation, now on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, that might make it simpler for farmworkers to prepare.
“I strongly help California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Alternative Act,” Biden mentioned in a press release Sunday afternoon.
“Farmworkers labored tirelessly and at nice private threat to maintain meals on America’s tables in the course of the pandemic,” he mentioned. “Within the state with the most important inhabitants of farmworkers, the least we owe them is a neater path to make a free and truthful alternative to prepare a union.”
Thus far, Newsom has not signed Meeting Invoice 213, which was written by Meeting Member Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) and authorised by each the Meeting and the Senate final month. Newsom vetoed an analogous measure final yr.
Representatives for Newsom couldn’t be reached Sunday. However final month, a spokesperson issued a press release that the governor is “wanting to signal laws that expands alternatives for agricultural employees to come back collectively and be represented” however that the governor didn’t help the invoice in its present kind.
The proposed legislation permits farmworkers decisions in how they vote in union elections, together with voting by mail. Presently, the state holds secret poll union elections at a polling place designated by the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board.
Union officers mentioned the adjustments are needed to guard farmworkers from intimidation and deportation for supporting a union. However Newsom’s spokesperson mentioned his workplace “can not help an untested mail-election course of that lacks vital provisions to guard the integrity of the election, and relies on an assumption that authorities can not successfully implement legal guidelines.”
Biden’s motion got here just a little greater than every week after the United Farm Staff accomplished a 335-mile march from the UFW’s headquarters close to Delano to the state Capitol to attempt to strain Newsom to signal the invoice.
In 2020, the UFW endorsed Biden for president, largely within the hope he’d assist undocumented “Dreamers” and implement different immigration reforms and employee security protections.
“A Biden presidency may help enact the identical guidelines stopping farmworkers from dying or changing into unwell from excessive warmth that the UFW received in California,” UFW President Teresa Romero mentioned on the time.
In March 2021, the White Home reciprocated when First Girl Jill Biden visited Forty Acres in Delano, the historic birthplace of the United Farmworkers, and met with members of the family of César Chávez.
As The Instances reported then, introductions have been made by Julie Chávez Rodriguez, the director of the White Home Workplace of Intergovernmental Affairs and the granddaughter of Chávez.