AP STORY: Labor shortages, a new reality in agriculture?

Gosia Wozniacka AP STORIES

I’m usually a big skeptic when it comes to labor shortages in agriculture. I put on my reporter hat and ask: are these shortages real, or are they just slogans used by the agriculture industry to advance an agenda? I say this, because for years – for decades – the U.S. had been awash in farmworkers streaming in from Mexico. …

AP STORY: New law to stop intimidation of farmworkers

Gosia Wozniacka Uncategorized

This weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a last minute flurry of bills. One of them was a compromise between California’s farmworker union, the UFW, and the state’s agricultural interests. It’s an amendment to the state’s signature Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which gave farmworkers the right to unionize, and it’s meant to protect workers from an employer’s intimidation and threats …