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Hunger Strikes Draw Attention To Farm Worker Union Voting

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 20, 2011

UFW President Arturo Rodriguez , say Senate Bill 104 makes it easier for workers to be unionized by doing away with the secret ballot.

RODRIGUEZ: "Farmworkers are desperate to get better working conditions and better wages.  They are the ones that are going to be doing the campaigning to make this happen."

Opponents, like Bruce Blodgett of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation, say if the bill passes, unions will know how workers are voting and will pressure them to change those votes.

BLODGETT: "Well, they're going to be picking it up from their home.  They'll actually be in the home picking up the ballot.  So, it's it's….it's obscene."

The one day hunger strikes are scheduled to last until June 28th.

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