Looking past the botched rescue efforts, the Rev. Jackson is very concerned about the failure to relocate displaced disaster victims closer to home on public facilities that are available.The funds that were appropriated are being awarded at no bid
contracts to Corporations like Halliburton and Bechtel with no consideration for affirmative action or prevailing wages.The bottom line is for residents to be able to return to their communities with homes and jobs at a living wage.
Farmworkers Demand Investigation of Grower Threats & Intimidation in Union Election
with Arturo Rodriguez, President, United Farmworkers of America
Workers voted Sept 1 in a state-conducted secret ballot election on whether to be represented by the United Farm Workers. Citing widespread
threats and intimidation against Giumarra Vineyards Corp.,the United Farm Workers formally filed objections to the election. Giumarra workers are
traveling to Sacramento to demand the Agricultural Labor Relations Board investigate the objections and invalidate the election. 171 challenged ballots
would determine the outcome of the election. Giumarra Vineyards Corp., is the world’s largest table grape grower with 4,000 peak season workers
in Kern and Tulare counties. Two farm workers who died from extreme heat since last year labored at Giumarra. Workers have many other long-standing
grievances including being forced to labor eight hours a day on their knees with no umbrellas to protect them against the sun, low pay and speedups. This is the largest farm worker organizing drive since the 1970s.