UFW Hopes For Win on Heat Bill

The Sacramento Bee, the best in my opinion on California politics, reports.

Since 1990, when California officials set up an advisory committee to reduce heat-related issues in the workplace, labor unions have waited anxiously for the state to adopt regulations.

Prodded by Valdivia's death, the United Farm Workers' top legislative priority this year is a bill that would require the state to establish standards to reduce heat illnesses and subject employers who flout the law to misdemeanor charges.

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Last year, Schwarzenegger became what farmworker advocates say is the first Republican governor to sign a UFW-sponsored bill in California.