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To: CA Governor Gavin Newsom

Sign farm workers’ Chavez Day petition asking CA Gov. Newsom to sign the Ag Labor Voting Choice Act

Sign farm workers’ Chavez Day petition asking CA Gov. Newsom to sign the Ag Labor Voting Choice Act

A living legacy to Cesar Chavez is not just proclamations and holidays. It's taking decisive steps to make real change in farm workers' lives. It's meeting with those most impacted when making public policy decisions. Farm workers want it to be easy to vote in union elections – just like you and the California legislature have made it easier to vote in California elections.

Last year you vetoed farm workers' landmark bill that would have made it as easy to vote in a union election as it is to vote in a California election – despite huge support in both statehouses.

The Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Choice Act (AB 2183-Stone) is about to be reintroduced. I join with farm workers and ask you to sign the Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Choice Act.

Why is this important?

The United Farm Workers elected farm worker leadership requested to meet with Gov. Newsom on Cesar Chavez Day. The Governor has chosen to not meet with farm workers elected by their peers. Farm workers are speaking up. A worker delegation will go to Sacramento to meet with the state Latino Caucus on March 31. Support them by signing their petition today.

Farm workers will make it clear to CA's Gov. Newsom that a living legacy to Cesar is not just proclamations and holidays. It's meeting with those most impacted when making public policy decisions. It's taking decisive steps to make real change.

Last year Gov. Newsom vetoed their landmark bill which would have granted farm workers the same voting options California voters have enjoyed for years. These are the same voting choices that Governor Newsom used to defeat the Republican recall in 2021, including giving people the option of casting ballots in the comfort and security of their own homes. His veto came despite huge support for the bill in both state houses.

The 50 billion dollar agricultural industry has strong opposition to the bill. Farm worker Francisco Naranjo organized support for the bill last year. He is committed to making this law happen saying, "Without this law farm workers don't have a fighting chance. Growers will continue to manipulate the process and intimidate us to take away our voice. Being allowed the privilege to vote offsite would allow farm workers to make their own decision and vote for a union with its benefits without supervisors' interference."

Farm workers ask people to listen to them, to join in conversation, and to help their voices be heard by those in power. Sign the petition asking Governor Newsom to sign the Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Choice Act.

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Updates

2022-03-21 14:05:37 -0400

5,000 signatures reached

2022-03-20 21:26:39 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2022-03-20 21:07:22 -0400

500 signatures reached

2022-03-20 20:58:34 -0400

100 signatures reached

2022-03-20 20:57:40 -0400

50 signatures reached

2022-03-20 20:57:10 -0400

25 signatures reached

2022-03-20 20:56:42 -0400

10 signatures reached