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April 2001, Volume 7, Number 2

RURAL AMERICA

Census: Changing Face
The changing face of rural America is one of the most dramatic results of the April 1, 2000 census (http://www.census.gov/). In many areas of the US that

Poultry, Meatpacking Labor
The US Department of Labor in January 2001 said that a February-August 2000 survey of 51 of the 174 US poultry processing plants by its Wage and Hour

San Joaquin Valley: Census, Jobs, Tulare
California had 33.9 million residents in April 2000, and for the first time, non-Hispanic whites were not a majority of the state's residents; whites

California: Welfare
The number of welfare cases in California fell 40 percent, from 925,000 in 1995 to 555,000 in 2000. Among cash welfare recipients in 2000: 44

FARM WORKERS

California: EDD, Enforcements, Housing
The California Farm Bureau reported that the top farm stories of 2000 were the November 2000 elections and low farm prices; farm labor did not make

UFW: Strawberries, Mushrooms, Corona
There were numerous marches and ceremonies in honor of Cesar Chavez on March 31, the state holiday in Chavez's memory that was celebrated on his

ALRB, NLRB, Unions
The ALRB issued two decisions in January-February 2001. In Borchard et.al. (27 ALRB 1), the Board refused to dismiss charges in 13 cases filed

Southeast: Protests, Oranges
About 300 farm workers and their supporters marched to Tallahassee in January 2001 to pressure Florida Governor Jeb Bush to organize negotiations

Northwest: Minimum Wages, Apples
The Idaho Legislature in March 2001 on a 41-28 vote raised the percentage of farm workers covered by minimum wage legislation from 70 to 95 percent

East, Midwest: Labor, Dutch
In New York, labor activists are trying to end the exclusion of farm workers from overtime laws. One farmer countered that overtime pay would

 
IMMIGRATION

Guest Workers: Mexico-US Negotiations
Mexican President Vicente Fox and US President George Bush met on February 16, 2001 in San Cristobal, Mexico, Fox's hometown in the state of

Braceros: Lost Savings?
The US signed a bilateral bracero (person who works with arms or hands) program with Mexico on June 23, 1942, and over the next 22 years, some 4.6

H-2A: AEWR, Sheep, H-2Bs
DOL announced that it would not publish 2001 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) for at least 60 days until it reviews the fairness and accuracy of the

Canadian Guest Workers
Ontario's Foreign Seasonal Farmworker Program for Agriculture admitted about 14,500 foreign workers in 2000, including 7,000 from Mexico; 5,000 from

OTHER

Farm Income, Commodities
US net farm income was about $45 billion in 2000, and is expected to drop to $40 billion in 2001; the federal government provided $22 billion in

Europe: Ag Guest Workers
European agriculture was rocked by two problems in 2000-01: livestock diseases and the genetically modified organisms in crops. If problems in

Mad Cows, GMO
European agriculture was rocked by two problems in 2000-01: livestock diseases and the genetically modified organisms in crops. If problems in

RESOURCES

DOL Report on Farm Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor issued a 22-page Report to Congress in December 2000 that reviewed conditions in the farm labor market and recommended

Farm Worker Health
A study of farmworker health, "Suffering in Silence: A Report on the Health of California's Agricultural Workers," was released on February 8, 2001

MSFW Profiles
The Migrant Health Program (MHP), through the National Center for Farmworker Health, commissioned estimates of the number of migrant, seasonal and