Friday, August 16, 2002

Labor [Merc News]
Chanting the bilingual slogans popularized in their fight for better working conditions during the 1960s, members of the United Farm Workers union on Thursday launched a 150-mile march to Sacramento to urge Gov. Gray Davis to approve a bill that could force reluctant growers to sign labor contracts.

...The measure would put labor disputes in the hands of an arbitrator who could force feuding farmworkers and growers into binding contracts that would probably increase pay.

But growers complain that the costs associated with binding arbitration would push farmers out of business, threatening California's $27 billion agriculture industry.

The MLBPA strike date is 8/30.

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