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July 2002, Volume 8, Number 3

Rural America

Meat and Poultry
Many towns in the Midwest and southeast have had their populations transformed by the hiring decisions of a large local employer. For example, in

California: San Joaquin Valley Jobs
The San Joaquin Valley has persisting high unemployment rates. Should jobs be brought to the jobless workers in the San Joaquin Valley, or should

California: Census Housing
Detailed "long-form" census data--53 questions from one in six US households--were released for California in May 2002. Some 12.4 million residents

California: Salinas, Watsonville
Census 2000 data indicate that immigration continued to change the socio-demographic face of the city of Salinas, California, during the 1990s. The

Farm Workers

California: Farm Workers
Victoria Island Farms, owner of the property on which six migrant labor camps with "deplorable conditions" were found in San Joaquin County in 2000,

UFW: Arbitration, Members
The UFW is pushing a first-contract arbitration bill, SB 1736, that would require a certified union and an employer who cannot agree on a first

ALRB: Decisions, Unions
The ALRB issued five decisions in the first half of 2002. In Pete Vanderham Dairy, Inc, 28 ALRB 1, the Board certified Dairy Employees Local 17 as

Southeast: Migrants
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is continuing to recruit college students to pressure Taco Bell, a subsidiary of Tricon Global Restaurants (Yum!

Northeast: Eggs, New York, Fishing
DeCoster Egg Farms in June 2002 reached a $3.2 million settlement with the Mexican government and migrant workers who sued DeCoster in 1998 over

Northwest: Oregon, Washington, Colorado
Sodexho, a Norpac food-service client based in Maryland, pushed the 240-member farmer's cooperative into negotiating with Oregon's only farm-labor

Employment Training, Data
President Bush proposed the elimination of the National Farmworkers Jobs Program, the old 402/303 training programs that train legally authorized


Sanctions: INS vs Tyson
On December 11, 2001, the US filed its largest-ever employer sanctions case, United States v. Tyson Foods Inc. in the Eastern District of Tennessee,

H-2A: California, South, Mexico
Ralph DeLeon, a custom harvester/FLC in Ventura county, brought 38 H-2A workers from Mexico to California to harvest lemons in March-April 2002.

SAW, Social Security
The Seasonal Agricultural Workers program attracted 1.3 million applications from foreigners who said they did at least 90 days of farm work in

Border: Apprehensions Down
From October 2001 through April 2002, border apprehensions dropped 38 percent to 526,000, the lowest level since 1985; the INS expects fewer than one

Mexico: Policy, Remittances, Braceros
Mexican President Fox has so far failed to achieve his major foreign policy initiative, progress toward a borderless North America. Mexicans note


California Farm Sales: Tulare/Fresno
Tulare county had the most farm sales in 2001, $3.5 billion, compared to $3.2 billion for Fresno county. Fresno county replaced Los Angeles County

California Commodities
In 1997, California's FVH sales-- fruits, nut and berries, vegetables and melons and horticultural specialties that range from nursery and greenhouse

Farm Subsidies: US, EU
The 421-page Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 was approved in May 2002. The new law, which governs federal agricultural policy for the

Russia: Land, Workers
Russia's lower house of Parliament, the Duma, approved legislation in June 2002 that would create a legal system to allow Russians, but not


Schlosser: Fast Food Nation
Eric Schlosser does not like the way Americans eat. His book, "Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the American Meal," is an effort "to connect

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