News Release

Gov. Newsom signs legislation from Farmworker COVID-19 Relief Package

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas said AB 2043 and AB 2165 will ensure farmworkers have access to workplace safety information and essential state services.

Farmworkers in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Agriculture

Panetta pushes for farmworker funding in next COVID-19 Relief Package

Letter sent to House leadership requesting $1 million toward improving housing conditions.

Photo courtesy of San Benito Farm Housing.

Health

Farmworkers face COVID, heat wave and wildfire smoke

SBC Office of Emergency Services provides N95 masks to guard against unhealthy air quality.

Farmworkers in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Agriculture

Rivas and allies highlight farmworker vulnerabilities

Increased health risks and fewer jobs as pandemic continues.

Farmworkers in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Agriculture

Gov. Newsom signs executive order aimed at helping agricultural workers

Assistance includes targeting high-risk workplaces, stronger guidance on compliance and temporary housing for self-isolation.

Farmworkers in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

How California’s budget crisis is affecting farmworker legislation

Assemblymember Robert Rivas says because of COVID-19, ‘we have no clear idea of what the state’s income will be over the year.’

Volunteers with the San Juan Bautista Rotary Club at the June 13 farmworker relief drive. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Agriculture

Groups hold second farmworker relief drive in San Juan Bautista

860 receive food and other donated items.

Phil Esparza and Congressman Jimmy Panetta sort supplies collected during the farmworker relief drive on May 23. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Agriculture

Weekend relief drive gathers goods for farmworkers

Donations pile high at San Juan and Hollister fire stations.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. Photo provided by the office of Robert Rivas.

Government / Politics

Assemblyman Rivas urges Governor for more relief

Letter sent following reports of COVID-19 cases among farmworkers in District 30.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Essential, but unprotected

SBC LULAC writes that the threat posed by the coronavirus is exacerbated for the farmworker community.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Assemblyman Rivas speaks on COVID-19 relief package for farmworkers

First-in-the-nation bills would expand paid sick leave, provide hazard pay and subsidies for child care.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Assemblyman Rivas introduces California Farmworker COVID-19 Relief Package

Joined by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, Rivas calls for urgent action to protect farmworkers and avoid disruptions in food supply.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Farm Workforce Modernization Act passes in the House

“The Farm Workforce Modernization Act is a critical, bipartisan step forward for both our farmers and farmworkers,” Congressman Jimmy Panetta said.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas, Dolores Huerta, and legislative aide Rita Durgin. Photos provided by the Office of Assemblyman Robert Rivas.

Business / Economy

State Assembly passes Farmworker Housing Act of 2019

AB 1783, introduced by Assemblyman Robert Rivas, is expected to streamline the process to build farmworker housing on agricultural land.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. Photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Panetta and others introduce legislation to provide earned pathway to citizenship to farmworkers

"This bill provides these men and women with a way to earn their citizenship by contributing to our agriculture and our communities," Panetta said.