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From October 7, 2005
Win $1.7 Million Settlement, More Help Needed
Farmworkers who are exposed to toxic pesticides on an ongoing basis are at greater risk for cancer, birth defects, depression and other diseases, as well as work-related injury. Under current U.S. pesticide law, farmworkers are not treated as equals with the rest of society. Pesticide cancer and other disease risks are permitted to be ten times higher for farmworkers than the general population.
As the farmworkers celebrate this important victory, UFW is asking the public to help other grape workers suffering from the same mistreatment by contacting the California State Labor Commissioner and asking for an investigation and action against other growers who are also breaking the law. According to UFW, Kovacevich is not an isolated case. Violations of state and federal minimum wage and hour laws alleged in the lawsuit are common in the table grape industry.
TAKE ACTION: Today and help protect other vineyard workers who suffer from this common abuse. See the UFW website for more information.