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California Governor Threatens to Veto Bill Making It Easier for Farmworkers to Unionize

HeadlineAug 29, 2022

In California, Governor Gavin Newsom has threatened to veto a bill that would make it easier for farmworkers to cast their ballots in union elections remotely, via mail. In a veto statement released Friday, Governor Newsom suggested he’s willing to negotiate changes to the legislation. The measure is backed by the United Farm Workers, which has vowed to continue fighting to expand voting accessibility in farmworkers’ unionization efforts. Newsom’s veto threat came on the same day the San Francisco Chronicle reported a wine company he co-founded with billionaire Gordon Getty purchased a new vineyard in Napa County for $14.5 million. Farmworkers have often denounced a chronic lack of protections and unsafe working conditions at California’s vineyards. We’ll have more on this story with the president of the United Farm Workers later in the broadcast.

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