United Farm Workers


Join the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Now March

Today, Tuesday, August 23, farm workers kicked off a 13 day, 200 mile Fair Treatment for Farm Workers NOW march to California's Sacramento Capitol. They will demand that CA's Gov. Jerry Brown sign the revised Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act when it reaches his desk. They will tell the Governor to give them a tool to protect themselves as California's current system can't effectively protect workers. They also marching to demand the right to be paid overtime after 8 hours.

Farm workers will be marching for basic things that most of us take for granted:

  • The opportunity to join a union free from intimidation and threats. This majority sign up bill would give workers an alternative to the current system--which grower fear tactics has turned into a mockery of democracy.
  • Overtime after 8 hours a day 40 hours a week, just like other workers. As it is, farm workers don't get overtime until after 10 hours a day, 60 hours a week

Back in June, the Governor vetoed the workers' "Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act." Workers and legislators vowed to put the issue back on the Governor's desk. And they are bringing back in a big way with this historic 13 day march to Sacramento.

Please help. California's blazing sun may have already claimed two farm worker lives this year and summer is not over. Organizers bring back stories daily about the lack of shade and water as well as the intense pressure from supervisors that stops workers from taking their much needed breaks.

Without this bill, farm workers will continue to face unbearable conditions and pressure. Many workers will continue not having access to basic things like shade, water, heat training or even breaks during the hot summer days. Wage and hour violations will continue. Overexposure to pesticides will go unchallenged. Sexual harassment will remain rampant and the health crises caused by a lack of sanitation and lax safety standards will continue to plague farm workers.

Don't let this happen. Take a stand for farm workers by joining us on this historic march. The march begins in Madera on August 22 and ends 13 days later on September 4, in Sacramento. Let us know if you can attend on one or more of the dates listed.

*Starting/stopping locations subject to change.

For more information call: 661-725-9730.