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Farm Workers Union Stages Hunger Strikes

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2011 8:04am

The United Farm Workers Union is hoping a series of one-day hunger strikes will persuade California Governor Jerry Brown to sign a union check card bill that is on his desk. U-F-W President Arturo Rodriguez says the legislation makes it easier for workers to be unionized by doing away with the secret ballot.

“Farm workers are desperate to get better working conditions and better wages,” said Rodriguez. “They are the ones that are going to be doing the campaigning to make this happen.”

Opponents include Bruce Blodgett of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation. He says if the bill passes, unions will know how workers are voting and will pressure them to change those votes.

“Well, they’re going to be picking it up from their home,” said Blodgett. “They’ll actually be in the home picking up the ballot. So, it’s….it’s obscene.”

The one day hunger strikes are scheduled to last until June 28th.

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