Calif. farmworkers may get overtime after 40 hours

California farmworkers would receive overtime pay after working 40 hours in a week under a bill approved in the state Senate. Full Story
Scratching my head too

Portland, OR

#1 Jun 4, 2010
As a kid, I used to work the fields, too. Overtime would have been nice since I remember the 10-12 hour days in the heat but it will certainly put California farmers at a competitive disadvantage with farmers in other states who do not have to pay the OT. Tough one to call.
Woodlander44

Woodland, CA

#2 Jun 4, 2010
Of course this law is intended for legally working farmworkers I assume.
Steve

United States

#3 Jun 4, 2010
Scratching my head too wrote:
As a kid, I used to work the fields, too. Overtime would have been nice since I remember the 10-12 hour days in the heat but it will certainly put California farmers at a competitive disadvantage with farmers in other states who do not have to pay the OT. Tough one to call.
You have to think about the cost of living difference between California and other states.
sick of taxes

Dunnigan, CA

#4 Jun 4, 2010
How about giving those same rights to us truck drivers?
sick of taxes

Dunnigan, CA

#5 Jun 4, 2010
Steve wrote:
<quoted text>You have to think about the cost of living difference between California and other states.
What competative disadvantage? California has the top grade soil, weather and water supply? Our farmers are extremely prosperous! California is the best in agriculture? And they could Get americans (not illegals) to do the work. I for one would gladly pay 2 dollars a head for lettuce if we could get rid of illegals who cost us big in the emergency rooms to offset their "so called cheaper labor" with our increased health costs! I get about an average of 12 bucks an hour for a union job driving a truck for (per load pay) no overtime? I can work 70 hours a week under current rules. I do get benefits. Not good or cheap, but still I have them. Long story short California farmers have almost guaranteed weather, water plus great soil and almost always make big bucks. So why this perpetuated myth that they have it hard? These illegals have free medical thru our emergency rooms that we all pay for. And birthright citizenship is being abused every day, We have people coming here just to have babies??? Does anyone Kniow how illegals have destroyed the good paying trade of (any construction job) I have been told that illegals are geting commercial drivers licenses???? And this is equivelant of the "good old boy" system of old only now it's mexicans helping mexicans. Come on I am an Irish person. I don't hate the english cause they were mean to my great granparents!!!!!!

U white u in. U mexican u in. wtf. You spek spanis you get the job
sick of taxes

Dunnigan, CA

#6 Jun 4, 2010
U white u in. U mexican u in.****. You spek spanis you get the job
What????
UC Gruaduate 10

Sacramento, CA

#7 Jun 4, 2010
I think that everyone deserves to get the same pay rates no matter what occupation. Good for all those farmworkers who work there buts off.
bubbles

United States

#8 Jun 4, 2010
We can get Americans do to field work? What a joke. I see healthy of age white maleís standing outside of the Wal-Mart parking area, asking for money. They will ask for money, trade places with the next beggar but they will never step onto a field and work. Let alone all these so called college graduates that believe that their shit does not stink. By the way, if a Spanish person gets a top paying job over you, itís not because he speaks Spanish, itís because he can do the job better than you. Stop the hate America, appreciate.
sick of taxes wrote:
<quoted text> What competative disadvantage? California has the top grade soil, weather and water supply? Our farmers are extremely prosperous! California is the best in agriculture? And they could Get americans (not illegals) to do the work. I for one would gladly pay 2 dollars a head for lettuce if we could get rid of illegals who cost us big in the emergency rooms to offset their "so called cheaper labor" with our increased health costs! I get about an average of 12 bucks an hour for a union job driving a truck for (per load pay) no overtime? I can work 70 hours a week under current rules. I do get benefits. Not good or cheap, but still I have them. Long story short California farmers have almost guaranteed weather, water plus great soil and almost always make big bucks. So why this perpetuated myth that they have it hard? These illegals have free medical thru our emergency rooms that we all pay for. And birthright citizenship is being abused every day, We have people coming here just to have babies??? Does anyone Kniow how illegals have destroyed the good paying trade of (any construction job) I have been told that illegals are geting commercial drivers licenses???? And this is equivelant of the "good old boy" system of old only now it's mexicans helping mexicans. Come on I am an Irish person. I don't hate the english cause they were mean to my great granparents!!!!!!
U white u in. U mexican u in.****. You spek spanis you get the job
MANUEL

San Antonio, TX

#9 Jun 4, 2010
BUBBLES, IF A SPANISH PERSON GETS A JOB INSTEAD OF YOU IT'S PROBABLY BECAUSE YOU ARE IN SPAIN.
IT'S CALLED EUROPE. SPANIARDS ARE NOT COMING TO THE U.S. TO WORK IN THE FIELDS. DID YOU MEAN MEXICANS, CENTRAL AMERICANS, OR AMERICANS OF LATIN AMERICAN DECENT? YOU PROBABLY DON'T HAVE A CLUE.
"SICK OF TAXES" IS PROBABLY RIGHT THAT THE DEMOCRAT LEGISLATOR AND HIS FAMILY ARE CARRYING A GRUDGE---AGAINST THE COUNTRY AND PEOPLE WHO GAVE THEM A LIFT OUT OF POVERTY. THIS WILL ONLY INCREASE COSTS TO CALIFORNIA FARMERS AND DRIVE THE PRODUCTION TO MEXICO, GUATEMALA AND PERU. THE MEXICANS IN THEIR VEGETABLE PRODUCING AREAS IMPORT INDIANS FROM OAXACA AND CHIAPAS TO WORK FOR A 10 OR 12 HOUR DAY FOR THE WAGE OF ONE HOUR IN YOLO COUNTY. THEY EAT ALL THE RATS, SNAKES AND TOADS IN THE FIELDS AND THE LOCALS JUST LAUGH. THEIR SANITARY CONDITIONS ARE PRIMITIVE AND THEY TOUCH YOUR VEGETABLES. THE PRODUCE BUSINESS IS VERY CAPITAL INTENSIVE AND RISKY. SO YOU WANT TO MAKE IT TOUGHER. SOUNDS LIKE MORE OF THE SAME MANTRA FROM THE DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE NEVER RISKED A NICKEL IN THEIR LIVES. OH YEAH, EIGHT PERCENT OF OBAMA'S CABINET AND STAFF HAVE SUPPOSEDLY WORKED IN PRIVATE ENTERPRISE.
LBC American

Guinda, CA

#10 Jun 4, 2010
Lower the hourly wage, hire a few more "employees" and don't let them work at (OT) premium pay unless unavoidable. That would lower their weekly pay significantly from current levels and the lower pay would help compensate for some unavoidable OT. Say thank you to the liberal nanny government. The reason some government entities give for OT premium pay is to use economic pressure to discourage OT. This reasoning does not work for every job and is not allways in the best interest of the employee.
bubbles

United States

#11 Jun 4, 2010
Manuel, excuse me for not going over my comment. You know I meant Spanish speaking person. If you looked over what I responded to you would have put two and two together. Even if a Spaniard does get a job instead of an English speaking trucker then he probably does a better job. You must have just watched the Discovery channel and tried to show off that you were listening to where Spain is located. Why don't you pay attention to the "CAPS LOCK" key on your computer and use it when necessary. What makes you think that Europeans are not coming to America to work? Can you tell the difference between a Mexican and a Columbian? You can't, in California they are all Mexican's. If you live in Florida everyone is Cuban. Now is the legislator carrying a grudge or is he trying to right the wrong?
MANUEL wrote:
BUBBLES, IF A SPANISH PERSON GETS A JOB INSTEAD OF YOU IT'S PROBABLY BECAUSE YOU ARE IN SPAIN.
IT'S CALLED EUROPE. SPANIARDS ARE NOT COMING TO THE U.S. TO WORK IN THE FIELDS. DID YOU MEAN MEXICANS, CENTRAL AMERICANS, OR AMERICANS OF LATIN AMERICAN DECENT? YOU PROBABLY DON'T HAVE A CLUE.
"SICK OF TAXES" IS PROBABLY RIGHT THAT THE DEMOCRAT LEGISLATOR AND HIS FAMILY ARE CARRYING A GRUDGE---AGAINST THE COUNTRY AND PEOPLE WHO GAVE THEM A LIFT OUT OF POVERTY. THIS WILL ONLY INCREASE COSTS TO CALIFORNIA FARMERS AND DRIVE THE PRODUCTION TO MEXICO, GUATEMALA AND PERU. THE MEXICANS IN THEIR VEGETABLE PRODUCING AREAS IMPORT INDIANS FROM OAXACA AND CHIAPAS TO WORK FOR A 10 OR 12 HOUR DAY FOR THE WAGE OF ONE HOUR IN YOLO COUNTY. THEY EAT ALL THE RATS, SNAKES AND TOADS IN THE FIELDS AND THE LOCALS JUST LAUGH. THEIR SANITARY CONDITIONS ARE PRIMITIVE AND THEY TOUCH YOUR VEGETABLES. THE PRODUCE BUSINESS IS VERY CAPITAL INTENSIVE AND RISKY. SO YOU WANT TO MAKE IT TOUGHER. SOUNDS LIKE MORE OF THE SAME MANTRA FROM THE DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE NEVER RISKED A NICKEL IN THEIR LIVES. OH YEAH, EIGHT PERCENT OF OBAMA'S CABINET AND STAFF HAVE SUPPOSEDLY WORKED IN PRIVATE ENTERPRISE.
CCC

Davis, CA

#12 Jun 5, 2010
Nice to see that someone here has a brain. Its sad to see all this discrimination, I cant believe how ignorant people are seriously.
bubbles wrote:
We can get Americans do to field work? What a joke. I see healthy of age white maleís standing outside of the Wal-Mart parking area, asking for money. They will ask for money, trade places with the next beggar but they will never step onto a field and work. Let alone all these so called college graduates that believe that their **** does not stink. By the way, if a Spanish person gets a top paying job over you, itís not because he speaks Spanish, itís because he can do the job better than you. Stop the hate America, appreciate.
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APOCIRAMINIM

Sacramento, CA

#13 Jun 5, 2010
UC Gruaduate 10 wrote:
I think that everyone deserves to get the same pay rates no matter what occupation. Good for all those farmworkers who work there buts off.
So, lawyers, doctors, sanitation engineers, walmart clerks, and farm workers et al should be paid the same?

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