‘Why Can’t We Have the Same Rights?’: Farmworkers Ask Newsom to Sign Bill Allowing Union Voting by Mail – KQED – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Smiling demonstrators, one wearing a straw fedora and colorful beaded necklace and the other a striped, multicolored facemask, hold signs reading 'I'm ready to march for the governor's signature.'

Louie Gutierrez (left) and Roberto Hernandez rally in support of United Farm Workers on César Chávez Street in San Francisco on March 31, 2022, during a César Chávez Day demonstration calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a bill that would give farmworkers the option to vote by mail in union elections. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

On Thursday — César Chávez Day — a group of about 50 farmworkers, advocates and community members gathered in Fresno to march in honor of the late labor leader and to once again ask Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign a bill that would make it easier for farmworkers to vote in union elections.

“Farmworkers are asking what could be more important than meeting with farmworkers on César Chávez Day,” said Elizabeth Strater, director of strategic campaigns for the United Farm Workers, in a recent interview with The Bee. On Wednesday, Newsom’s office confirmed that he and his family were on vacation in Central and South America.

The march was part of a series of events organized by the UFW and its foundation in 13 rural and urban California cities — including San Francisco, San Jose and Berkeley — in which farmworkers gathered to raise awareness about the Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Choice Act, AB 2183, a bill that would give farmworkers the option to vote by mail in union ele


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