WATSONVILLE -- Workers at Corralitos Farms are denying union charges of unfair labor practices by management during a recent election.
Report Reveals Record-breaking Results for Labor Law Enforcement in California
In a report released in May 2013, Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su announced that labor law enforcement under Governor Brown in the first two years of his Administration resulted in more minimum and overtime wages found owing to California workers and more monetary penalties for illegal business practices than in any previous year in the past decade. In addition, the Labor Commissioner's improved targeting has protected law-abiding businesses from indiscriminate investigations. This effort reflects the Brown Administration’s commitment to protecting California’s workers through the enforcement of laws targeting the state’s underground economy.
Spanish Human Trafficking Poster Available
Beginning April 1, 2013 certain California employers and businesses, including farm labor contractors, must post a recently released notice developed the State of California Department of Justice (DOJ). (For a complete list of covered employers see California Civil Code §52.6 below)
2013 Form W-4 Available
We have received several calls to the FELS Sacramento office asking about "draft" 2013 W-4 forms found until recently on the Internal Revenue Service's website. "Draft" forms published to IRS' website are not to be used.
Bitterness continues after UFW's loss at Corralitos Farms
By Donna Jones
Posted: 10/04/2012 06:05:19 PM PDT
Commentary: Obama Hits a Foul by
Honoring Cesar Chavez
Ruben Navarrette, CNN
"...Chavez has significance as a historical figure. It is because of the UFW that farmworkers now have clean water and toilets in the fields, collective bargaining, lunch breaks and other legal protections. But Chavez was never a leader for all Latinos....Last, most Latinos disapprove of the president's heavy-handed immigration policies and record number of deportations....Chavez earned many titles in his life, but "champion of immigrants" was not one of them. He was primarily a labor leader who was concerned about illegal immigrants undercutting union members, either by accepting lower wages or crossing picket lines....According to many historical accounts, Chavez ordered union members to call the Immigration and Naturalization Service and report illegal immigrants who were working in the fields so that they could be deported."
Cesar Chavez, flawed hero of the fields
Los Angeles Times: Opinion
By Matt Garcia
September 25, 2012
Cesar Chavez died in 1993, but the Mexican American labor leader's prominence continues to grow. But they have obscured another part of his legacy, one of miscalculation and failure. Read the full opinion article at: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-garcia-cesar-chavez-20120925,0,112684.story