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At the end of June, California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act, which would have made it easier for farm workers to join unions without employer interference. The United Farm Workers did not give up, launching a 200-mile march to the State Capitol urging Brown to sign that bill and another on entitling farm workers to overtime pay after they've worked 40 hours in a week.

And although Jerry Brown is still not signing the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act, he did agree to a compromise measure, "negotiated by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and written into a bill by legislative Democrats [...]" The compromise includes:

- Immediate certification of a union if employer election violations could have affected a unionization vote.

- An expedited process for the [Agricultural Labor Relations Board] to certify elections. Farm workers now must wait up to two years or more after voting before they can begin negotiating a union contract with growers.

- Authority for the ALRB general counsel to go to court to reinstate farm workers who are illegally fired by employers during union election drives.

- Accelerating the process under the state’s 2002 binding mediation law, allowing mediation to produce a union contract to commence after 90 days instead of 180 days of normal bargaining.

Delay is one of the greatest weapons of anti-union bosses. Delay enables them to intimidate workers, fire the strongest union supporters, and generally kill momentum, making organization feel futile because nothing ever happens. That's why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is so freaked out by a National Labor Relations Board proposal to streamline union representation elections slightly. So, while Jerry Brown damn well should have signed the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act, these measures to speed up the process and curb some of the worst violations represent a meaningful step forward for farm workers.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 12:46 PM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, California politics, In Support of Labor and Unions, Progressive Hippie, DKOMA, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Jerry has his hands full after 8 years (2+ / 0-)
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    enhydra lutris, Glen The Plumber

    of inept politics in California....

    Please do not tell me you are involved by being a member of DK4....really get involved...... goal is not to bring your adversaries to their knees but to their senses. -- Mahatma Gandhi

    by Mindmover on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 12:51:25 PM PDT

    •  If it were ONLY 8 years... (8+ / 0-)

      Proposition 13 is the center of almost every budget problem California has had since its passage in 1978. Try 33 years!

      And I speak as one who has personally benefitted from Prop 13's curtailing of property tax.

      Just as onerous is the 2/3 majority that Prop 13 saddled the California with. It gave the minority Republican party the power of veto over every budget. IOW, the Party of No had its genesis in California.

      •  2/3 budget majority was repealed in 2010 (1+ / 0-)
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        by California voters, making Brown's job a little easier.

        The prop 13 clause requiring a 2/3 majority to raise taxes however, was not repealed.

        That'll be next. I hope. So is Brown. Hoping.

        "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

        by Sybil Liberty on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 12:28:48 PM PDT

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      •  But neither of those problems, (0+ / 0-)

        the budget starvation nor the Rethug superminority, seems to have any relevance to his vetoing a budget-neutral bill after it had passed.
        What was his stated justification?

        "Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous." -- Molly Ivins

        by dumpster on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 08:34:36 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for posting a wee bit of good news... eom (4+ / 0-)
  •  Glad he did that. (3+ / 0-)

    The American people must wise up and rise up!

    by TomP on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 01:36:12 PM PDT

  •  Sometimes you just need some good news (0+ / 0-)

    Jerry isn't good all the time but I continue to hope he can repair some of the damage.  California is an imperfect island of hope.

  •  Not perfect by a long shot, but (0+ / 0-)

    something. I've always liked Brown - in the sense that he generally stood above the crowd on issues that were important to me. Like many weary Californians, I'll take what good that comes to us for now.

    Mitt Romney strapped the family dog to the roof of his car. Where's he gonna put grandma?

    by brook on Tue Sep 06, 2011 at 05:58:04 PM PDT

  •  Glad those brave marchers (0+ / 0-)

    got at least a little something.

    Steinberg does a pretty good job under the circumstances here in CA. And so does Jerry Brown. I'd vote for him again in a heartbeat.

    "Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. And don't be attached to the results." -- Angeles Arrien

    by Sybil Liberty on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 11:25:53 AM PDT

  •  but, weakling ! (1+ / 0-)
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    you would think he would be on the workers side?

  •  It's worse than nothing! (1+ / 0-)
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    He sold out to his corporate masters and condemned farm workers to live in the muck for the rest of their lives all to satisfy his campaign war chest and corporate masters!

    I, for one, consider this weak tea and I, for one, will not be a party to his corporatism!

    (Just imagining the reaction if Obama had done such a thing.)

    Ideology is an excuse to ignore common sense.

    by Bush Bites on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 11:45:50 AM PDT

    •  It actually does seem a bit worse, unless I'm (1+ / 0-)
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      misunderstanding the political situation in California.  I thought Brown was a Dem and that Dems held the legislature.  (Wikipedia says that he is and that Dems hold 62.5% of the seats atm.) I see no real reason other than the 'campaign chests and corporate masters' you suggest sarcastically for him to have vetoed the original bill.

      So yeah, his original veto sucked thoroughly.

  •  Jerry's got a long history of mulish behavior... (1+ / 0-)
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    reagarding unions, he is not anti-labor, but he is not above kicking labor to seem more "centrist," although this act is better than nothing, that's about all that can be said for Jerry in this case.

    He is a far better Governor than the last four of his predecessors,  but that is a pretty low bar and Californians are going to be demanding better service from their State government, while still refusing to pay for it, and that will make Jerry's term very difficult. He needs to educate the people of California about the true costs of programs and the perils of letting California slide further down the slope of lower performance in infrastructure, education, environment and "public safety."

    This state is a microcosm of the country, amazing wealth and technology coupled with incredible want and wrong-headedness. The Governor may be regretting his choice to lead California in this time of incredible anxiety and conflict; however, should he choose to exercise his great political and intellectual gifts, he may outshine his father as a governor, providing California with a truly great vision for the 21st century.

    "Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are..." George Santayana

    by KJG52 on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 11:57:51 AM PDT

  •  What happened to concept of majority rule (1+ / 0-)
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    as in one vote above 50%?  
    Why  "opt out," instead of not being stuck unless you sign up?  

    Turn up the heat on those boiling frogs please.

    50 plus 1
    should get it done!

    Inalienable or Unalienable
    Both equal rights you can't vote away

    De fund + de bunk = de EXIT--->>>>>

    by Neon Mama on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 12:06:28 PM PDT

  •  So, what I'm seeing here (3+ / 0-)
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    esquimaux, captainlaser, cdreid

    It's baby steps.  Brown isn't going along with "card check" and not supporting an easier path to unionization...but, he's offering up a "fig leaf" of sorts?

    Well...until there's some legitimate LAW that enables unions to actually represent farm workers in California..."good news" is more spin than anything.

    Not trying to be negative or condescending about this, but I don't see this as being very progressive.  Maybe I don't know everything involved here.  

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 12:07:21 PM PDT

  •  As a follower of UFW on Facebook, I was (0+ / 0-)

    appalled when Jerry Brown vetoed SB184.  I am glad to see that the march has brought him back to his senses and he will sign this bill.

    "Don't dream it, be it" - Brad, Janet and Frank

    by captainlaser on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 12:36:55 PM PDT

    •  PS the previous bill would have allowed workers (1+ / 0-)
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      to have a private vote on Certifying the union (rather than publicly doing it at intimidating open meetings).  Brown vetoed that saying it was "unnecessary".

      These two bills should bring him donations from both labor and big agribusiness.  (/snark)

      "Don't dream it, be it" - Brad, Janet and Frank

      by captainlaser on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 12:39:32 PM PDT

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  •  Isn't Brown a Democrat? (2+ / 0-)
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    bythesea, cdreid

    With a Democratic legislature?  Why would he have vetoed the first bill?

    •  Because (0+ / 0-)

      he's Jerry Brown. No really, he didn't get the nickname Moonbeam no reason. He even vetoed a bill this week requiring minors to wear ski helmets before skiing saying, "Not every human problem deserves a law."

      It's time to move forward.....away from the Tea Party!

      by ehstronghold on Sat Sep 10, 2011 at 05:35:04 PM PDT

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    •  Because he values principle over all else. (0+ / 0-)

      Brown is weird but honest, and votes his principles. I don't like him, but I respect him, and I do not believe for a moment that he made any of these decisions because of corporate money or electoral math. I believe Brown vetoed the first bill because it was the equivalent of card check, and card check encourages intimidation and fraud. And yes, there has been intimidation and fraud by the management stooges, but the idea is not to fight fraud with fraud, but to create an honest system where workers can vote their conscience. As far as I can tell, the way things are now makes it a bit harder for either side to put their thumb on the scale. I have met Brown socially and had a heated argument with him once at a party. He can be rude, abrupt, abrasive, and is never going to reliably toe any party line. I am happy to have him as our Governor at this crucial moment in time, and I think he made the right  decision.

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