How California's Farm Labor Shortage Made Friends of Old Rivals

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D’Arrigo Bros. and the United Farm Workers once took more than 25 years to reach a contract, and for many years afterward they communicated mostly through court filings and job actions. But the top leafy green grower in California’s Salinas Valley and the national union founded by Cesar Chavez just inked a three-year contract amid fanfare and pledges of a new era of cooperation.

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Federal District Judge Puts On Hold Parts of AB 450 Which Prohibited Employers From Voluntarily Consenting To A Federal Immigration Agent’s Request To Enter Nonpublic Areas or For Voluntarily Providing Records

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On July 4, 2018, Federal District Judge John A. Mendez granted a preliminarily injunction enjoining the State of California, Governor Brown, and Attorney General Becerra from enforcing parts of AB 450, the controversial new law that limited employer conduct when dealing with federal immigration enforcement. Specifically, the Judge stopped the enforcement of the California Government Code Sections 7285.1 and 7285.2 and California Labor Code Section 1019.2(a)&(b) as applied to private employers. The Judge upheld two other sanctuary state laws and part of AB 450.

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State Re-releases its Unscientific Water Grab Proposal for the Tuolumne River

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After over a year of “review,” the State Water Board publishes newest unimpaired flow proposal without changing much; State Water Board’s hearing and plan for adoption scheduled for Aug. 21-22. Despite having well over a year to adequately address thousands of public comments from our region – 6,589 from the Worth Your Fight campaign alone – the State Water Resources Control Board today doubled down on its proposal to mandate 40 percent of unimpaired flows along the Tuolumne River from February 1 to June 30 annually.

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Ed Boutonnet of Ocean Mist Receives GSA Lifetime Achievement Award

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Congressman Jimmy Panetta congratulated Ed Boutonnet on Thursday, June 21, for receiving the Grower Shipper Association’s esteemed E.E. Harden Award for Lifetime Achievement in Central Coast Agriculture. Mr. Boutonnet’s hard work and dedication to crop science, agricultural leadership, education, shipping, and growing has had an immeasurable impact on California’s agricultural community and economy.

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