Governor suggests California ag labor changes

09/01/2011 04:27:00 PM
Don Schrack

Two months after vetoing a so-called card check bill, California Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed changes to the state’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which he signed into law when he was governor 36 years ago.

The proposed changes would limit the powers of growers to delay the collective bargaining process and allow the immediate reinstatement of employees unfairly fired during organizing drives, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The card check bill rejected by Brown June 28 would have enabled unions to bypass secret ballot elections and would have essentially gutted portions of the labor act.

Western Growers, Irvine, Calif., and other agriculture organizations have been in discussions with the Brown administration on possible modifications to the labor bill, said Mikel Pak, communications manager. Nothing has been finalized, and the situation is fluid, she said.

Brown, a Democrat, remains opposed to card-check legislation, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, vetoed four card check bills.



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