IRVINE, Calif. (February 26, 2021) – In response to the choice of the Superior Court docket to disclaim motions for preliminary injunctions restraining the California Occupational Security and Well being Requirements Board from implementing the emergency short-term requirements, a coalition of agricultural and enterprise teams issued the next assertion:
“The well being and security of farm and ranch staff is the highest precedence for agricultural employers. All through California, farmers and ranchers have tailored their operations to attenuate the unfold of COVID-19 within the office. As well as, agricultural organizations have advocated with native, state and federal elected officers and businesses to prioritize entry to vaccines for farm and ranch staff; particular person farms and agricultural companies have sponsored vaccination clinics, with extra already scheduled.
“The court docket’s choice solely complicates the continuing work by household farms and different important companies to take care of protected, plentiful meals provides within the wake of COVID-19. The Cal/OSHA Board didn’t justify the necessity for emergency intervention, regardless of their very own employees report that the emergency requirements weren’t mandatory to guard worker well being.
“With this choice, the court docket didn’t correctly train its oversight on this critically essential problem, and we are actually exploring our authorized choices to make sure the protected and well timed supply of meals and important providers to all Californians. Within the meantime, we’ll work with Cal/OSHA to guarantee the company higher understands the important companies and agricultural operations it regulates, and to inject practicality into the emergency short-term requirements because it develops forthcoming insurance policies and steerage.”
The six plaintiff organizations and media contacts are listed under:
- California Affiliation of Winegrape Growers: Michael Miiller, [email protected], (916) 204-0485 or Meredith Ritchie, [email protected], (916) 708-3364
- California Enterprise Roundtable: Brooke Armour Spiegel, [email protected], (916) 553-4093
- California Farm Bureau Federation: Dave Kranz, [email protected], (916) 719-2056
- Grower-Shipper Affiliation of Central California: Christopher Valadez, [email protected]
com, (831) 422-8844
- Ventura County Agricultural Affiliation: Rob Roy, [email protected], (805) 388-2727
- Western Growers: Cory Lunde, [email protected], (949) 885-2264
About California Affiliation of Winegrape Growers:
The California Association of Winegrape Growers protects and promotes the pursuits of California winegrape growers by offering members a unified voice, efficient advocacy and robust management. CAWG promotes the winegrowing business’s long-term success by advancing the adoption of sound public insurance policies, and fostering consciousness and understanding of winegrape growers’ contributions to the financial system, surroundings and California communities.
About California Enterprise Roundtable:
The California Business Roundtable is a non-partisan group comprised of the senior govt management of the key employers all through the state – with a mixed workforce of greater than half 1,000,000 staff. For greater than thirty-five years the Roundtable has recognized the problems vital to a wholesome enterprise local weather and offered the management wanted to strengthen California’s financial system and create jobs.
About California Farm Bureau Federation:
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to guard household farms and ranches on behalf of practically 32,000 members statewide and as a part of a nationwide community of greater than 5.5 million Farm Bureau members.
About Grower-Shipper Affiliation of Central California:
Grower-Shipper Association of Central California is a regional commerce affiliation, providing advocacy, packages and providers to over 300 members. Based in 1930, as we speak the group’s membership consists primarily of growers, shippers, harvesters and processors of greens and fruits produced within the Central Coast area of California, encompassing Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara Counties; united round a core mission of advancing options benefitting households, meals and farming.
About Ventura County Agricultural Affiliation:
Ventura County Agricultural Affiliation is a commerce affiliation devoted to supporting agriculture companies within the California counties of Ventura and Santa Barbara. The affiliation gives all kinds of providers to its members, however most importantly in labor relations and worker security coaching packages.
About Western Growers:
Based in 1926, Western Growers represents native and regional household farmers rising contemporary produce in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico. Our members and their employees present over half the nation’s contemporary fruits, greens and tree nuts, together with practically half of America’s contemporary natural produce. Some members additionally farm all through the U.S. and in different international locations so individuals have year-round entry to nutritious meals. For generations, we’ve got offered selection and wholesome selections to customers. Join with and study extra about Western Growers on our Twitter and Facebook.