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Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 4:19 pm | Updated: 6:07 am, Thu Aug 26, 2010.

The temperature was nearly 100 degrees as 17-year-old Maria Vasquez Jimenez, of Lodi, pruned grapes for nine hours at a vineyard near Stockton in California's Central Valley. By the end of that day in 2008, the pregnant teen was dead from heat stroke, and her death set off renewed calls among union advocates for greater protections for farmworkers. But in the two years since, efforts to unionize workers have largely been unsuccessful.

Unions claim that's because employers have illegally interfered with union elections, and their Democratic supporters pushed a bill through the California Legislature last week that will automatically declare a union victory if employer misconduct is shown. The bill is awaiting action by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:27 am on Fri, Aug 27, 2010.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Unions should meet the same fate as the 8-track tape. At one time unions had a useful purpose. In today's global economy they serve no purpose except to drive up the cost of everythiing they are involved with, especially government entities.

  • Tom Carlson posted at 7:06 am on Thu, Aug 26, 2010.

    Tom Carlson Posts: 69

    Typical Sacramento Liberal Democrats! They want everyone to be unionized so that they can take more from the employee paycheck and funnel it back to their own election campaigns. Meanwhile, the workers end up worse than they were. It is a tax on workers to mandate they support democrat candidates. If our growers worked like the unionized government workers, we would all starve because the harvest, like the budget, would be two to three months late and we would have to furlough the workers in the field every other friday.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:35 am on Thu, Aug 26, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Cheryl ...Good points.... The union is taking this tragic event and using it to gain power through the back door. This was a very unique situation which had terrible consequences. It is a shame that the union would stoop so low for self interests.

  • Cheryl Adams posted at 5:17 am on Thu, Aug 26, 2010.

    Cheryl Adams Posts: 5

    I was wondering why a 17 year old pregant girl working so hard that she died. Is she or not smart enough to take a break if she wasn`t feeling good? Why didn`t someone notice her, and help her? And be the way, I don`t think the union can do any thing if she didn`t belong to the union. You have to belong to one so they can get work for you. I believe if you want to work, you can find it with out the union.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:54 pm on Wed, Aug 25, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Just like a typical union... anti business and anti worker...



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