Newsom signs CA bill in support of farmworkers’ union rights

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that would offer more protections for farmworkers while voting for union elections, according to his office.Previous coverage in the video player above.For weeks, Newsom has been facing pressure nationally and locally to sign Assembly Bill 2183, which has been the rallying point for a group of farmworkers advocating for the bill.The group representing the United Farm Workers had undergone a 24-day, 335-mile journey from Kern County, near Bakersfield, to the state Capitol, a march that civil rights activist César Chávez first led in 1966. The march this year started Aug. 3.Newsom, to the dismay of the farmworkers, announced near the end of their march that he would not sign the bill as it was and said he was open to discussion.A release from the governor’s office states that the governor, the UFW and the California Labor Federation agreed to work on clarifying language to be passed during next year’s legislative session to address concerns Newsom had about implementing the bill and voting integrity.Regardless, the farmworkers continued to rally at the Capitol, earning recognition from several well-known figures.President Joe Biden earlier in September announced his support for AB 2183 and called on the governor to sign the bill. On Sept. 21, Tom Morello, the guitarist known for being part of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, played a free concert supporting farmworkers and pressuring Newsom to sign the bill.Newsom joined farmworkers at the vigil at the Capitol to take pictures.”California’s farmworkers are the lifeblood of our state, and they have the fundamental right to unionize and advocate for themselves in the workplace,” Newsom said in the release. “Our state has been defined by the heroic activism of farmworkers, championed by American icons like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong. California is proud to stand with the next generation of leaders carrying on this movement.”United Farm Workers president Theresa Romero told KCRA 3 at the time that the bill is similar to the way the state votes for elected officials, allowing workers to have the option of voting in union elections from home and by mail.Here’s an interactive look at each day of the march farmworkers and supporters took to get to the state Capitol.Scroll down to see what happened each day, and click the arrows on the sides to toggle new photos.(APP AND MOBILE USERS: For the best multimedia experience, click here)

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that would offer more protections for farmworkers while voting for union elections, according to his office.

Previous coverage in the video player above.

For weeks, Newsom has been facing pressure nationally and locally to sign Assembly Bill 2183, which has been the rallying point for a group of farmworkers advocating for the bill.

The group representing the United Farm Workers had undergone a 24-day, 335-mile journey from Kern County, near Bakersfield, to the state Capitol, a march that civil rights activist César Chávez first led in 1966. The march this year started Aug. 3.

Newsom, to the dismay of the farmworkers, announced near the end of their march that he would not sign the bill as it was and said he was open to discussion.

A release from the governor’s office states that the governor, the UFW and the California Labor Federation agreed to work on clarifying language to be passed during next year’s legislative session to address concerns Newsom had about implementing the bill and voting integrity.

Regardless, the farmworkers continued to rally at the Capitol, earning recognition from several well-known figures.

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President Joe Biden earlier in September announced his support for AB 2183 and called on the governor to sign the bill. On Sept. 21, Tom Morello, the guitarist known for being part of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, played a free concert supporting farmworkers and pressuring Newsom to sign the bill.

Newsom joined farmworkers at the vigil at the Capitol to take pictures.

“California’s farmworkers are the lifeblood of our state, and they have the fundamental right to unionize and advocate for themselves in the workplace,” Newsom said in the release. “Our state has been defined by the heroic activism of farmworkers, championed by American icons like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong. California is proud to stand with the next generation of leaders carrying on this movement.”

United Farm Workers president Theresa Romero told KCRA 3 at the time that the bill is similar to the way the state votes for elected officials, allowing workers to have the option of voting in union elections from home and by mail.

Here’s an interactive look at each day of the march farmworkers and supporters took to get to the state Capitol.

Scroll down to see what happened each day, and click the arrows on the sides to toggle new photos.

(APP AND MOBILE USERS: For the best multimedia experience, click here)

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