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July 1999, Volume 5, Number 3

RURAL AMERICA

Operation Vanguard, IBP
Nebraska's congressional delegation met with the INS in May and June 1999 to complain about the impact of Operation Vanguard on the state's

Welfare Reform: Rural California
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PL 104-193) ended welfare as a federal entitlement, limited most

California's Central Valley
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development surveyed 539 US cities and reported that many San Joaquin Valley cities have high

Mid-Atlantic: Poultry
The poultry industry on the Delmarva peninsula has become increasingly dependent on immigrant workers. Mountaire Farms Inc., for instance,

New England
Federal and state governments as well as private landowners hire independent contractors to plant seedlings in areas being re-forested: two Maine

Southeast: Appalachia/Black Farmers
President Clinton became the first President to visit Appalachia in 34 years when he toured Kentucky in July 1999. Since 1965, the

FARM WORKERS

UFW Loses at Coastal
The UFW lost three elections at Coastal Berry, the largest strawberry grower in the US, with a peak 1,500 farm workers. In the decisive

Migrant Housing
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development in June 1999 announced that $81 million would be distributed to 81 agencies or organizations in

California: FLC's, UI-DI
On May 23, 1999, the Chicago Tribune reviewed the growing role of labor contractors in California agriculture, concluding that labor contractors

Southeast
The INS in mid-April 1999 apprehended 27 unauthorized migrants in southeastern Georgia who were living in squalid conditions; they had been brought

Oregon
Senate Bill 1115, approved by the Oregon Legislature in June 1999, would make it illegal for agricultural employers to fire workers for trying

MSFW Assistance: 402, Migrant E9
DOL provides funds to nonprofit organizations and state agencies to provide employment and training services to MSFWs. In FY99, about $71.5

ALRB: Back in Business
Governor Gray Davis on April 29, 1999 appointed three new members to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board: Genevieve A. Shiroma (Air Resources

Pesticides
The Pesticide Action Network issued a report in June 1999, "Fields of Poison," that argued that farm workers, especially those employed in

Farm Labor Data
USDA's April 1999 farm labor survey reported that 844,000 hired workers were employed on US farms during the week of April 11-17, 1999; 657,000 or

 
IMMIGRATION

Guest Workers: Advocates Change
Growers began their 1999 push for a new guest worker program at a May 12, 1999 hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration. The theme

INS Enforcement
In January 1999, the INS audited the payroll records of 13 fruit packing warehouses and found that 30 to 70 percent of the work force was

OTHER

Changing Face: Yuba-Sutter
The Changing Face project explores the impacts of immigration and integration in the agricultural areas of California. In many of the

Commodities
California farm revenue dropped six percent to an estimated $25.3 billion in 1998, from $26.8 billion in 1997, ending a six-year trend of rising

Labor Ready
Labor Ready, is a national chain of storefront offices that provides blue-collar workers to employers for one or more days. Labor Ready recruits

With These Hands
Rothenberg, Daniel. 1998. With These Hands. The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today. New York. Harcourt Brace Company. 334pp. $28.

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