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Three years ago, California said it would do something about heat-related deaths

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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 10:00 pm | Updated: 8:14 am, Fri Jan 21, 2011.

RAISIN CITY - California, the nation's leader in heat-related deaths among farmworkers, sought to turn that trend around three years ago with a new law aimed at ensuring people toiling in sweltering fields had such basics as a water break and an umbrella for shade.

Since the law was adopted, however, 11 farmworkers have died in possible heat stroke deaths, eight of them confirmed. That's nearly twice the number of such deaths in the nearly three years before the laws were passed, and five of the deaths occurred this year alone.

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  • posted at 5:42 pm on Thu, Aug 21, 2008.


    Illegal entry & Squatting in Mexico is a 2 year prison sentence!

  • posted at 8:47 am on Thu, Aug 21, 2008.


    Cal-Osha has fined many farm labor outfits for not providing shade, where is shade to be found in a vineyard when the workers are always on the move. Now Cal-Osha is going to fine Merced Farm Labor, why pay the fine if they will be put out of business. Clipping vines, taking care of a 6 month old puppy is more work. It is up to the individual to fend for himself, wear the proper clothing, a big hat, and bring plenty of water. It`s hot in the valley durning the summer and workers must come prepaired and not have to be told to drink water. Do the same conditions exist in Mexico? If they do, does the Mexican government care, since they have more to worry about, like staying alive batteling the drug cartels.

  • posted at 8:02 am on Thu, Aug 21, 2008.


    Well said LodiJoe: In another 20 years or less, the majority will be the minority. Does that mean there will be civil war to see who picks fruit and veggies? Seems anyone can work the fields without any kind of education, however when it comes to doing something that requires brains, the quanity doesn`t, the quality does. It just might be that the smart, rich will leave and let this liberal state loaded with south of the boarder Taco trucks to fend for themselves. Maybe the illegals will take over the state and turn it into that dump called Mexico.

  • posted at 7:39 am on Thu, Aug 21, 2008.


    So I guess Henry Cejudo's gold medal shouldn't count for the USA since he is the son of illegal immigrants?

  • posted at 7:21 am on Thu, Aug 21, 2008.


    They will not leave and never hear you. If they did then who will pick the veg's in the field? or do the wok that they do. they know that one day they will out number most of us. and will never leave unless they are going to visit someone back home. oh, soon everyone here in california will have to speak Spanish. it will soon be a common language in the near future. we already see it in some of our products in the stores. next time you go to home depot and are looking for the bathroom. look at the sign and notice it also says Banos! Bathroom in spanish.

  • posted at 4:25 am on Thu, Aug 21, 2008.


    Hmmm, I am wondering if I entered Mexico illegally and worked in the heat, without using my common sense of survival, and died, exactly what would the Mexican government do? NOTHING. So why should our government do anything? Life is all about choices, some people make bad ones and want to put the consequential blame and expense on everyone else except themselves.

  • posted at 3:33 am on Thu, Aug 21, 2008.


    No one wants to admit how many "ILLEGALS" are migrant workers, but we can all agree THEY ARE HERE! Those that are friends or RELATED to ILLEGALS are defiant in shouting THEY ARE HERE TO STAY, so "Get Over it"! There would be no doubt, LESS migrant worker deaths if "ILLEGALS just "WENT BACK HOME! Their families miss them!



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