The California legislature has passed a bill that would hold companies legally responsible if the temp agencies and subcontractors they hire cheat workers out of their wages or put them in harm's way.
SACRAMENTO – The California Assembly has approved a bill that will hold companies accountable for serious violations of the rights of workers on their premises that are committed by their own labor suppliers.
A bill which used Salinas-based Taylor Farms as a "poster child" passed the state Senate on Wednesday. Dubbed the "Temp Worker Protection Bill," AB 1897 makes companies who use temporary workers share legal responsibility with temp agencies for those employees.
Teamsters Local 118 members have ratified a new four-year contract with Kraft Foods.
Union advocates call the situation at Taylor Farms emblematic of a trend of employers favoring subcontracted workers, saying the trend is evident in sectors from agriculture to janitorial work to nursing.