AirTalk for July 6, 2010

Overtime for farm workers?

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A field worker with the vineyard management company 'Vinewerkes' uses a knife to pick merlot grapes during a night harvest for Artesa Winery October 1, 2007 in Napa, California.

California farm workers do back-breaking jobs—often in sweltering weather—should they be entitled to overtime pay? The California legislature thinks so. It recently overturned a law that exempted them from overtime laws. But it's anyone's guess if the governor will sign the bill. Fearing increased labor costs could put some farmers out of business. The California Farm Bureau is urging Schwarzenegger to veto it. What's your vote?

Guests:

State Senator Dean Florez, D-16, representing parts of Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare Counties. He is also majority leader of the California Senate and author of the bill.

Bryan Little, Director for Labor Affairs, California Farm Bureau


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