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Farm Labor and the ALRA at 40

Friday, April 17, 2015
Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, UC Davis Law School

The Agricultural Labor Relations Act was signed into law June 5, 1975, after a decade of tumult in the fields at a time when California had farm sales of $7.3 billion ($32 billion today) and spent $1.2 billion on farm labor or 16 percent of sales. Today, farm sales are $43 billion and farm labor costs $9.3 billion or 22 percent of sales, reflecting the increased importance of labor-intensive commodities. In 1975, there were five or six representation elections a day on farms, compared to one in all of 2013. Major ALRB activities have changed from elections to mandatory mediation and conciliation on farms where unions were certified to represent workers in some cases decades ago.

Farm labor and farm labor law have changed over the past four decades. This conference examines changes in the farm labor market and changes in farm labor relations over the past 40 years.

The conference will be at the UCD Law School, which is located near the South Entry Parking Structure on the UCD campus. If you exit I-80 on the UC-Davis exit, the South Entry Parking Structure is on the right just after the Mondavi winery complex. Parking costs $9, and the machine dispensing tickets takes cash or credit cards. After parking, walk past the Mondavi center, cross Putah creek, and the Law School is on your left. Click here for additional directions.

We have reserved rooms for participants at the Hyatt Place Hotel on the UCD campus, which is just past the South Entry Parking Structure. The Hyatt has free parking and breakfast for guests. Please make reservations by March 16, 2015 on the Hyatt website or by calling 530-756-9500 using the code ALRA at 40; the rate is $147 plus tax.

There is no charge to participate in the conference, but seating is limited and you must RSVP before April 14, 2015. Click here to register.

The papers presented at the conference, and a summary of the discussion, will be available at We are grateful to the ALRB, the Giannini and Rosenberg Foundations, the Gifford Center, and the Immigrant Law Association and La Raza for their support of this conference.

For further information, contact Philip Martin.


8:15 AM: Continental breakfast and registration

8:45 AM: Welcome, Philip Martin, UCD and William Gould, ALRB

9:00 AM: Agriculture and Farm Labor since 1975, Chair, Bert Mason, CSUF

Changes in agriculture and farm labor, Philip Martin, UCD
Changes in farm worker characteristics, Daniel Carroll, DOL and Susan Gabbard, JBS
Changes in rural Mexico, Ed Taylor, UCD
Discussants: Barry Bedwell, CG∓TFL, Don Villarejo, CIRS

10:30 AM: Break

10:45 AM: The ALRA & ALRB since 1975, Chair Genevieve Shiroma

Tom Sobel, ALRB
Ronald Barsamian, Barsamian & Moody
Mario Martinez, Law Offices of Marcos Camacho

12:30 PM: Lunch with Governor Jerry Brown (invited)

2:00 PM: New Issues: MMC and Immigration, Chair William B. Gould IV

Leticia Saucedo, UCD
Robert Carrol, Nixon Peabody LLP
David Rosenfeld, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld

3:30 PM: Break

3:45 PM: Perspectives Past and Present: Chair, Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez

Jorge Carillo, Pat Henning, Bruce Janigian, Sylvia Torres-Guillén

5:00 PM: Reception