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State conducts farm worker safety inspections throughout San Joaquin County

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Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 10:00 pm

In the shade of leafy trees, migrant farm workers stood on ladders Tuesday morning, filling buckets with juicy cherries.

It was like many days in the past few weeks, but with one obvious exception: Men and women with notepads and state identification badges moved through the trees, asking the workers about wages and water.

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  • posted at 5:51 pm on Wed, Jun 4, 2008.


    The businesses in Lodi that need to be reported or make employee verifications are the two plastics plants, Cottage Bakery, PCP and Wine and Roses. I will call and request that tomorrow myself.

  • posted at 1:56 pm on Wed, Jun 4, 2008.


    Make a note of this phone number! http://www.americanpatrol.com/ADMINISTRATION/NAVIGATION/Report-Illegals.html

  • posted at 1:05 pm on Wed, Jun 4, 2008.


    It is time for the "State" to go out and do immigration status checks. Clean em out first! Start at Wal mart, where they are stealing, then WIC, WELFARE, SS.We have "seat belt" checks, why not immigration checks? Or are the sissies afraid of turd like Spal Sharpton and the ACLU?

  • posted at 1:04 pm on Wed, Jun 4, 2008.


    we are SERIOUS about keeping ILLEGALS out of America, or TEAR DOWN the U.S. Mexico Border barriers and give them all citizenship! It is sad that we PICK and CHOOSE which illegals we will not ignore and deport!

  • posted at 1:01 pm on Wed, Jun 4, 2008.


    Papercut, this scares me to death, but we finally agree on an issue. You are right on about the farm labor contractors taking advantage of growers and workers. Good job!

  • posted at 12:52 pm on Wed, Jun 4, 2008.


    This contractor should go to jail for at least child exploitation. No one happened to notice a 12 year old child? I can't believe It's not that no one noticed, they just didn't want to see. These unscrupulous contractors will fire the whole crew as rertibution for just one person speaking up about any problem. Most orchard owners work their own cherries and would not allow any child in their orchard. This is cowardice and exploitation in the worse way.

  • posted at 10:52 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2008.


    Enforcing child labor and OSHA laws but not immigration laws? What kind of mixed up hypocrisy is this?

  • posted at 9:17 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2008.


    The contractors have the farmers and growers at their mercy and can play their games that cost the growers more profit by slowing down and by coming to pick and then all of a sudden see the product is ripe and demand more money and cause the grower to have to fire them and find another source for his labor. They'll do this when the labor contractor foreman will determine that the crop is ready and will demand more money because he knows even just a days delay could ruin a third of the crop or more. These contractors need to be more accountable.

  • posted at 9:12 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2008.


    It's sad these so called labor contractors aren't made to play by the rules. With all the construction, hotel and restaurant industry way down, there are many available field workers. I get the impression that the contractor only hires those who either fear him or owe him money and preys off of them himself. This contractor puts the heat on the grower by putting underaged and illegal workers in the field and only lines his own pockets by doing so.

  • posted at 8:29 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2008.


    Condoning & looking the other way at people who are in America ILLEGALLY is not the way to go! Ice officers need to be acocmpanying farm labor officials and getting these illegal people BACK INTO THEIR OWN COUNTRY! I can't SQUAT in Mexico. It is a two Year Prison Sentence!

  • posted at 7:20 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2008.


    I'm not sure how this works...but is it $45,000 divided among 50 people AFTER the Labor Contractor takes his / her cut? That might be $500 - $800 for the season...is that right? All I can say is that I'm thankful that my parents worked hard to give me the opportunity to complete high school, go off to / complete college, and receive a M - F career that allows me live in Lodi, spend time with my family, and have a decent living!

  • posted at 3:01 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2008.


    Where were the green card and SS# checks?

  • posted at 2:10 am on Wed, Jun 4, 2008.


    THANK GOD! "Where would I get 50 people to do it? You and I don't want to do this work," Baglietto said.EXACTLY!



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