This is a picture of Arturo Rodriguez (UFW President); Sen. Dean Florez (D-Shafter, CA); Msgr. James Murphy (Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament); and scores of farmworkers. They are kneeling in California’s State Capitol building and praying that Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar will sign SB 1121 into law.
The bill–which is now on the Governor’s desk–would give farmworkers the same right you and I already have: overtime pay for overtime work. Schwarzeneggar only has a limited amount of time to sign it.
Authored by Florenz, the bill “would lift a 1941 exemption in state labor code that excludes farmworkers from getting overtime pay after an eight-hour day or a 40-hour week. California farmworkers now get overtime pay only after a 10-hour day or a 60-hour week.”
The 450,000 farmworkers in California deserve more than time and a half. They perform the life-giving work that you and I depend on to do, well, everything we do. Right now, you owe them your support.
Call or email Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar’s office NOW and tell him to sign the farmworker overtime bill into law. Dial 916-445-2841 or send and email via the official correspondence link.