Last summer, a number of California farm workers died from heat-related illnesses. That prompted Governor Schwarzenegger to call for emergency regulations such as access to shade and water. Those regulations were made permanent last month, and the union, United Farm Workers says they seem to be helping. There have been no deaths reported this year. Spokesman Marc Grossman says now they’re pushing an educational campaign to let workers know their rights – because sometimes they’re afraid to speak up:
“That’s always a problem with farm workers particularly since we know from federal reports that most U.S. farm workers today are undocumented.”
Grossman says the next step is making sure the new regulations are enforced.