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After a long struggle, the labor movement in California won big on Wednesday when Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that will expand the freedom to organize, without retaliation and harassment, more farmworkers in the state. This legislation, which is a top priority of the California Labor Federation—and its newest affiliated union, the United Farm Workers (UFW)—comes after months of collective action that included a 335-mile march across California’s Central Valley this summer.
“In this historic time when workers want a union more than ever before, everything we do—including legislatively—must be focused on organizing,” California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (IBT) declared. “It’s natural that in California, our farmworkers will be leading the way.”