Labor should be adequate in the desert - The Packer

Labor should be adequate in the desert

04/23/2012 12:08:00 PM
Tom Burfield

Arturo Huereque, owner of Boss 4 Packing LLC, Heber, Calif., a labor contractor who provides workers for a number of California growers, said his company has an advantage over some of his competitors because he has a strong base of employees who return year after year.

That’s because he provides jobs not only in the desert growing areas but in the central and northern parts of the state, including Bakersfield, Mendota and Huron, enabling some workers to remain employed 10 months of the year picking fruit in spring and summer and vegetables in fall and winter.

The immigration crackdown has affected the industry as a whole, he said, but he has not been hurt too badly because he uses mostly local people from the Imperial Valley and Yuma, Ariz., and not many from Mexicali in Baja California.

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