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End of Legislative Session Report
by Michael Miiller
As the 2021-22 legislative session came to an end on
August 31, late actions were encouraging on a few
bills that CAWG has worked to defeat:
AB 2183 (Stone, D-Scotts Valley) - Card Check
For several years, United Farm Workers have been
pushing for " card check " , which essentially gives
a labor union full control over how elections are
held where employees decide whether to join
that union. This most recent version of card check
went through substantial changes in August as the
concept of labor neutrality was added to AB 2183.
This concept would require growers to waive their
First Amendment right to free speech and give
labor unions unfettered access to the worksite and
Negotiations between Governor Newsom, UFW,
and the California Labor Federation appeared to
fall apart in late August as Newsom announced he
could not support the bill while highlighting several
problems with the bill. After the bill was approved by
the legislature, President Biden and Speaker of the
House Nancy Pelosi both came out with statements
in support of the bill.
Referring to the pressure on Newsom to sign the bill,
California Labor Federation chief Lorena Gonzalez
said, " It's not going to stop, and I think that's really,
really important for the governor to consider. "
CAWG and other ag organizations continue to call
for a veto. It is important to note that Newsom
vetoed last year's card check bill, and the latest
amendments to AB 2183 make it even worse than
last years bill.
AB 2201 (Bennett, D-Ventura) -- Water Wells
This legislation sought to create additional hurdles
for a grower seeking to put in a new well. This
is without regard to whether the permit is for a
replacement well or is in a basin that is not at risk.
CAWG was opposed to this bill which met its demise
at literally the last minute of the 2021-22 legislative
SB 1162 (Limon, D-Santa Barbara) - Wage Reports
This bill expands state pay data reporting
requirements to cover contracted employees and
requires employers to make pay scale information for
positions available to job applicants. In short, large
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employers (100 or more employees) are already
required to report pay data based on employees'
position and gender. The goal of the bill is to identify
pay disparities.
SB 1162 was amended in August to delete the
requirement that the state publish the reports on a
state website. This was a welcome improvement.
Additionally, SB 1162 was amended to provide relief
for employers who contract for labor. While still
requiring duplicate reports by both the grower and
the farm labor contractor, the amendments require
the FLC to provide information to the grower and
provide that the grower cannot be penalized for
reporting inaccurate information from the FLC.
AB 2243 (E. Garcia, D-Coachella) - Workplace
Safety Regulations (Heat & Smoke)
This bill would require Cal/OSHA to revise the
workplace safety standards for workers exposed to
heat or smoke. Under AB 2243, the Occupational
Safety and Health Standards Board would change
AQI smoke thresholds, adopt new regulations, and
create new requirements for acclimatization to higher
temperatures (which are already covered by existing
Recent amendments make the bill worse, but
should make it obvious to the governor why this
bill should be vetoed. The amendments essentially
call for a new wildfire smoke exposure standard just
for ag employees. This is nonsensical as wildfire
smoke health risks are based on air quality, duration
of exposure and individual health issues, NOT
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