Taylor Farms has become a billion-dollar success story by selling organic kale, lettuce, tomatoes and other “healthy, wholesome” choices. Some workers, however, say that those inside the processing plants face only noxious choices: exploitation, unemployment, deportation.
Dozens of principal officers and business agents from Teamster locals around the country are meeting this week in San Diego to discuss issues affecting Teamster members in the dairy and food processing industries, including pensions, immigration reform, organizing, and trade policy.
In the October newsletter: Teamsters take on Taylor Farms, and win the fight to pass an historic California ‘Temp Worker’ law.
A bill that used Taylor Farms as its rallying cry is likely to have a major affect across the state. Starting in summer 2015, companies that use temp agencies — like the ones Taylor Farms uses in Tracy — would be just as accountable to worker complaints.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1897 into law Sunday. The new law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015, will hold companies accountable for serious violations of the rights of workers on their premises that are committed by their own labor suppliers.
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed into law a bill holding the state's employers legally responsible for wage and safety violations committed by their subcontractors and temp agencies. "Today marks a new era for worker protection in California," said Teamsters national president Jim Hoffa.
The state of California just took a big step toward curbing the abuse of temporary workers. On Sunday night, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill into law that will hold companies responsible when their subcontracted temp agencies endanger or underpay workers. The Teamsters lobbied hard for the new measure, largely through a public campaign against Taylor Farms.
In a major victory for California labor unions, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed legislation that will hold businesses liable when subcontractors violate wage, workplace safety or workers’ compensation rules.