In historic move, Gov. Jerry Brown expands overtime pay for California farmworkers

by Jazmine Ulloa and John Myers

A farm worker harvests romaine lettuce near Mecca, in the Coachella Valley. Photo: © David Bacon
A farm worker harvests romaine lettuce near Mecca, in the Coachella Valley, where the temperature this summer reached 115 degrees.  Workers cutting lettuce in this crew are paid by the piece rate, and work so fast they are almost running through the field, bent over double all day. Photo: © David Bacon

California governor Jerry Brown signed historic legislation Monday that would gradually add hundreds of thousands of California farmworkers to the ranks of those who are paid overtime after eight hours on the job or 40 hours in a single week,  closing out one of the year’s most intense political battles in Sacramento.