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Contractor that hired farmworker who died put out of business

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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2008 10:00 pm

Merced Farm Labor Contractor, which hired the 17-year-old farmworker from Lodi who died after working at a Farmington vineyard, has been put out of business by the state.

The California Department of Industrial Relations issued an administrative order on Thursday prohibiting Merced Farm Labor Contractor from operating in the fields, citing the company's failure to comply with heat illness regulations as a threat to worker safety.

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  • posted at 6:47 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2008.


    T&C is correct. All shoddy contractors do the name change thing.

  • posted at 3:30 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2008.


    Nice to see the UFW showing up, seeing how none of the Laborers in SJC are a part of them. It was an insult to me to see the UFW flag on her coffin, she wasn't a member, and they, the UFW are "chasing an ambulance" they were not there for her but to benefit themselves. Pathetic.

  • posted at 2:52 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2008.


    Ofcourse no one was charged, for even "Involuntarily Manslaughter, let alone for hiring illegals! Its just the way it has been, is and will be! But there is a bright side, once Hillary or Obama are elected, they will be granted full amnesty, no fine, no return to Mexico, no citizenship test so they will read, write, and speak english, or our laws! Demos believe amnesty will make the illegal issue across America go away! Our government already went the Amnesty Route, and it failed!

  • posted at 2:49 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2008.


    I am sorry to burst anyone's bubble but starting a business under a new name with a new "alleged" owner will never keep a business shut down. Businesses just play the "Nutshell game" in another County or state! Thats what car dealers do when they are kicked out by the State Attorney General! Cal Worthington used to have his dealerships in Washington State!

  • posted at 2:33 am on Fri, Jun 13, 2008.


    Hmmm. Shut down until they can prove compliance? And? No charges for using illegal workers or for exploitation of a minor who had no legal papers? Why doesn't someone stand up and tell the truth about how much these contractors take from these field workers for merely putting them to work? Some take as much as three dollars an hour just for giving them the privilege of being employed. This subject is never approached and it's time the true facts were known about how much these field workers are actually paid, and then you'd understand why they're the only one willing to work for 4 or 5 dollars an hour. That's the system and until someone stops this labor contractor lobbying and makes the game fair to all, it'll never end.



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