Landmark Bill Gives Farmworkers Greater Share

On Monday in a historic move, the California Legislature voted in favor of new overtime laws for farmworkers. If Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill, those who tend and harvest our state’s plentiful and diverse bounty will receive overtime pay just like all other workers in the state. The bill proposes time-and-a-half pay for farm laborers who exceed eight hours in one day.

“We salute the legislature for their support of AB 1066, which ends the longtime exclusion of farmworkers from just basic overtime laws,” says Christopher Paige, Chief Executive Officer for California Human Development.

Paige acknowledges concerns among some who fear the change will result in cut backs and job loss, but says any such shift will be temporary and the inequities faced by California’s vast and impoverished farm workforce are long overdue for change.

“Every other industry in our state has adjusted to standard overtime rules and the farming industry will adjust as well,” says Paige.  “I believe it’s the right thing to do and a good thing for everyone concerned. Ultimately, a strong labor force is key to good business.”

California Human Development (CHD) provides farmworker services and workforce development serving people from 31 northern California counties. On average, farm laborers earn far below the poverty level. CHD helps these workers to secure full-time year-round employment to achieve greater self-sufficiency for themselves and their families.




Barrio Fiesta, August 14 in Stockton

Music & Dancing * Health Fair * Fashion Show * Food!

For the 43rd year, the Stockton Filipino community will hold The Barrio Fiesta, with live entertainment and dancing, cultural displays, a fashion show by Filipino designers, a health fair and, of course, food.

The Barrio Fiesta will take place on August 14 beginning at 11am at The Filipino Center Plaza, at 6 West Main Street in Downtown Stockton, which is managed by California Human Development. The event is free and open to the public.

Health Fair activities will be held from 11am to 3pm and will include blood pressure and blood sugar screening, breast feeding consultation, employment and educational resources and more.

Some of the Filipino agricultural workers who originally organized the event back in the 1960s and ‘70s will be on hand to join in the festivities for this longstanding and popular event.

The Barrio Fiesta is presented by the Associated Filipino Community of San Joaquin County. Additional partners for the health fair include California Human Development, BiNational Health Week, and San Joaquin County WorkNet.