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State Sen. Tom Berryhill denounces farmworker bill

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Posted: Monday, April 4, 2011 6:06 am | Updated: 7:50 am, Mon Apr 4, 2011.

State Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Oakdale, said he opposes Senate Bill 104, which would remove secret ballots for agricultural laborers to organize and instead permit them to join a union if a majority of the crew signs cards.

"SB 104 is a blatant attempt by union bosses to gain more power on the backs of dedicated and hardworking Californians," said Berryhill, who represents the Lodi area. "Eliminating the workers' rights to a secret ballot is nothing more than the very intimidation these union bosses are claiming to oppose. SB 104 removes a fundamental right to secret ballot for which workers have relied upon and fought."

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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