Labor

Labor: 1975

Governor Edmund (Jerry) Brown signs the Agricultural Labor Relations Act, which requires that farm laborers be allowed to vote whether to unionize and which union would represent them.

Labor: 1979

During a lettuce strike in the Imperial Valley, 28-year-old striker Rufino Contreras is shot and killed by field bosses

Labor: 1989

Federal judge rules in Pearl Meadows Mushroom Farm v. Nelson that the Immigration and Naturalization Service agents cannot enter workplaces without a warrant or consent, nor can they round up workers simply because they “look Mexican.”

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