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Champions of the Working Class

Our elected officials seem to think that the most pressing issue is overtime.

Aug 28, 2016

We love politicians who take other people's money and spend it on their pet projects then act like they're heroes for doing it.  Likewise we love mainstream media types who tell us how to live while oblivious to the fact that they don't live that way themselves.  

Case in point:  the Sacramento Bee's latest editorial about farm labor overtime (Farm Work Overtime is Small Price to Pay) where they lecture us that "The exploitation of farm labor is one of California’s oldest and most regrettable stories. And it persists, despite hard-won change...Most likely, this overtime bill – which phases in over the next six years, with even more time for small farmers – will, after nominal adjustment, simply add a few cents more to the cost of produce. It should pass."  Always generous with other people's money.

In this time of farm turmoil, when farmers are struggling to get water, when the west side still only has a 5% allocation, when hundreds of thousands of acres are fallow, our elected officials seem to think that the most pressing issue is overtime.  Could they take this much time and FIX THE WATER!  Did we say that loud enough?

By the way, the Bee wasn't so generous with their own money when it came to their own employees.  They wouldn't even call their own employees their own employees.  Rather, they called them independent contractors (Judge rules Fresno Bee carriers are independent contractors).  They were, therefore, "not entitled to automobile mileage reimbursements."  All they wanted was to be reimbursed for the gas they used to deliver the Bee.  These 'Champions of the Working Class' thought it was too much to ask.  Imagine if farmers asked farm workers to use their own vehicles to run errands and didn't reimburse the gas.  The  Bee would roar.

If we can just use their own words against them we would say "most likely, this employee lawsuit would, after nominal adjustment, simply add a few cents more to the cost of a newspaper."  

But, they're not so generous with their own money.


Farm Work Overtime is Small Price to Pay

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