randy shaw on labor reform, candidate endorsements

Key Leaders Endorse National Labor Justice Campaign

by Randy Shaw posted on Tuesday, 14 April 2009
"Brothers of the Sun" by Luana Boutilier: http://www.farmworkermovement.org
“Brothers of the Sun” by Luana Boutilier: http://www.farmworkermovement.org

“A good organizer is a social arsonist who goes around setting people on fire.” — Fred Ross Sr.

Since the New York Timeseditorialized on April 6 in favor of ending the 74-year exclusion of farmworkers and domestics from the National Labor Relations Act, support for the proposal has spread like wildfire. Both of California’s announced Democratic candidates for governor, Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, promptly backed the measure. Brown, who signed the state’s Agricultural Labor Relations Act while Governor in 1975, also sent a message to all of the delegates at the April 24-26 California Democratic Convention – where Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is scheduled to speak – encouraging their support.

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