Tell CA Gov. Brown: Don't Let More Farm Workers Like 17-Year-Old Maria Isavel Die
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Gov. Jerry Brown

Tell CA Gov. Brown: Don't Let More Farm Workers Like 17-Year-Old Maria Isavel Die

    1. Petition by

      UNITED FARM WORKERS NATIONAL UNION AFL-CIO

I'm sure you remember the horrific story of 17-year old Maria Isavel Vasquez Jimenez who died of heat stroke in 2008 while laboring in the scorching grape vineyards near Stockton. Her body temperature reached 108.

Maria's death is so hard to accept, because it didn’t need to happen. The labor contractors did not even observe the most basic heat laws. This was not a onetime occurrence. In 2006, Merced Farm Labor was fined for failure to have a written heat stress prevention plan and training for workers. They never paid the fine. Yet under a plea deal opposed by tens of thousands of petition signers, the contractor and safety supervisor responsible for her death got away with just community service and a tiny fine.

The United Farm Workers has won solid laws to protect CA farm workers who provide more than half of our nation's produce. But with over 400,000 field workers migrating among 80,000 farms, these laws have not and cannot be enforced by the state of California.

Our vital bill, the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act (SB 104) has passed the CA Senate and Assembly and now is on its way to Governor Jerry Brown.

The Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act will ensure the laws on the books do become the laws in the fields. This new law will make it as easier for farm workers to have a union and thus have the opportunity to speak up and protect themselves. Maria Isavel’s uncle, Doroteo, has worked tirelessly to secure the passage of this bill, which would provide the protections for farm workers that could have saved his niece’s life.

Without this bill, farm workers will continue to face unbearable conditions and pressure. Many workers don't have access to basic things like shade, water, heat training or even breaks during the hot summer days. And nothing will change. Wage and hour violations will continue. Over-exposure to pesticides will go unchallenged. Sexual harassment will remain rampant and the health crises caused by a lack of sanitation and lax safety standards will continue to plague farm workers.

You can help change these conditions today. Maria Isavel was not the California first farm worker to die due to inhumane labor conditions, but she should be the last. Sign our petition to tell CA Gov. Jerry Brown to sign this bill into law as soon as he receives it. Let's give CA farm workers, who feed our nation, the basic protections every worker deserves.

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    News

    1. Gov. Brown Vetoes Bill

      Thank you to everybody who signed this petition to stand up for farmworkers. Unfortunately, Gov. Brown has vetoed the bill. If any further opportunities arise to stand up for farmworkers, we will let you know!

    2. Calls needed urgently to Gov. Brown!

      Today's our last shot! Call Gov. Brown to express your support for the Farm Workers safety act at (916) 445-2841. Say: "Hi, I'm calling to urge Governor Brown to sign the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act (SB 104) into law. Thank you."

    3. Gov. Brown Must Act Now!

      Today is the last day for Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act into law. If he doesn't, the legislation will die.

    4. Gov. Brown Must Sign by 6/28

      Governor Brown only has until June 28th to sign the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act, otherwise the legislation will die. Voice your support for this legislation before it's too late!

    5. Only 4 More Days to Protect Farm Workers

      California's Gov. Jerry Brown only has four more days to sign the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act, otherwise the bill will die. Will you help push Gov. Brown to stand up for the safety and fair treatment of farm workers?

    6. With One Week Left, Farm Workers and Allies Fast for Fair Treatment

      If CA Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't sign the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act by a week from today, the bill will die. But it won't go quiet into that good night -- from the moment the bill landed on the governor's desk last Thursday, farm workers and their allies have been making quite a stir on its behalf. The petition delivery has been delayed until this Friday, so you can still make a difference!

    7. With One Week Left, Farm Workers and Allies Fast for Fair Treatment

      If CA Gov. Jerry Brown doesn't sign the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act by a week from today, the bill will die. But it won't go gentle into that good night -- from the moment the bill landed on the governor's desk last Thursday, farm workers and...

    8. Reached 3,000 signatures
    9. Last chance to stand up for farm worker justice!

      The United Farm Workers will deliver petition signatures to Gov. Jerry Brown TODAY, 6/20! Will you help us achieve justice for California farm workers?

    10. Reached 2,500 signatures
    11. The LA Times covers the delivery of the Fair Treatment bill to Gov. Brown's desk: he has only 11 days left to sign!

    12. Farm workers converged on the capitol of California to deliver the Fair Treatment Act to Gov. Brown's desk. Now more than ever they need your help -- check out the pictures on UFW's facebook page:

    13. UFW will deliver signatures to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, 6/20. Help stand up for farm worker justice!

    14. Reached 250 signatures
    15. It's Up to CA Gov. Jerry Brown to Stop Farm Worker Deaths

      Maria Isavel was only 17 when she died -- you can see in the photo to the left just how young the teenage farm worker was. She had her whole life ahead of her. She was engaged, pregnant, beloved. And she died due to an inhumane employer who forced...

    16. Reached 50 signatures

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    • Natubhai Patel SURAT, INDIA
      • over 3 years ago

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    • Alicia Becerril SOUTH GATE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      Humane and decent treatment of the people that pretty much "brings the food to your table" is the least you can do.

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    • Scarlet Sobranie LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      PLEASE do NOT let this happen to 1 more person.....

      I support (SB 104) 1000% and this needs to be passed now !!

      Farm workers deserve breaks from the hot sun and lots of water to be provided for them. Shame on Calif or any other part of the USA to allow horrible working conditions for ANY ONE working in the US.

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    • Theresa McCall LIVONIA, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      Children deserve protection. Please jelp them.

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    • Al Franco TAMPA, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      This should stop now.

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