Miguel Trejo and demonstrators hold signs urging Governor Schwarzenegger
to sign SB180 (Migden-D). Earlier, the governor met with demonstrators,
requesting a list of the worksite violations which would document
the failings of current law.
Worksite violations and the failure to enforce existing
laws governing farm workers is a reason workers join unions. Wage
and hour violations, exposure to pesticides, lack of sanitation
standards, and sexual harassment are among the issues workers face.
These worksite violations are difficult for individuals to deal
with on their own due to the sometimes migratory nature of their
work, the often corrupt farm labor contractor system, and employer
intimidation. Though growers are dependent on farm workers, without
a union, the employer has the upper hand.
As of 9-13-07, Governor Schwarzenegger has not signed SB