California provides over half of America's fresh produce. Much of this produce is grown right here in Yolo County. Each season, a team over 6,000 hardworking farm workers harvest the crops grown in Yolo's rich soil.
Ironically, according to a recent study from the California Institute for Rural Studies, the same Yolo County workers who harvest our county's bounty are often unable to afford the next meal for their family. These workers are at serious risk of hunger, diet-related chronic diseases, unsafe living and working conditions and inadequate access to health care. Marcos Breton at the Sacramento Bee did a great overview of this issue here.
AB1066, “The Phase In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act” is a commonsense solution that will make farm workers eligible for overtime pay.
On Aug 16 and 17, I was honored to join other activists for a 24-hour fast in support of our farm-workers. I believe that together, we can make sure that the food from Yolo's farms reaches every fork. No one in Yolo County should go hungry.
AB1066 has passed the Senate and is now headed back to the Assembly.
I invite you to join me in advocating for the passage of this bill.