Source: Western United Dairymen
The fate of a California bill requiring employers pay overtime for farm workers is in the governor’s hands.
SB 1121 by Sen. Dean Florez (D-Shafter) has passed both houses of the legislature and is sitting on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s desk, waiting for either his signature or his veto.
The bill would remove the agricultural overtime exemptions for the state’s farm laborers, including dairy employees. SB1121 would give California’s farm workers something that farm workers in no other state receive: overtime pay for more than 8 hours worked in a day or 40 hours in a week.
Agricultural groups have said that the unintended consequence of the bill is that farm managers would be more likely to hire additional, possibly part-time, employees rather than incur the expense of overtime wages, which could reduce paychecks to those the bill intends to help.
Western United Dairymen urges members to contact the Governor’s office to ask him to veto Senate Bill 1121.
Messages should be short and to the point, with specific information about how this bill would affect their own dairy and farming operation. To submit a comment, go to the California Farm Bureau website.
- June/July 2010