Governor Inslee signed the farmworker protection bill, 5172, and received the congratulations from President Biden as this statement from the White House shows.
This bill does indeed protect farmworkers from the farm and job destroying demands of labor leaders.
They are now claiming victory even though their effort to get three years back pay was resoundingly defeated! The UFW did the same when they walked away from a ten year old lawsuit with absolutely nothing: Victory!
The bill did include a multi-year phase-in for overtime pay for farmworkers, and this is what prompted the president's praise. But, if you watch the videos below or take the time to talk to farmworkers you will see this may be a win (in the face a bigger defeat) for labor leaders, but it is a big loss for farmworkers. Will lawmakers listen to farmworkers and what helps them, or will they continue to pretend that labor leaders represent the interests of farmworkers when this bill showed so clearly they don't.
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