California has passed a bill that will provide its agricultural farm laborers overtime pay equal to other hourly workers in the state.
Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he signed the contentious bill, AB 1066, along with 24 other pieces of legislation.
Before the signing, the United Farm Workers union said the law would make California the first state to require that farmworkers receive extra pay after eight hours.
California employers are already mandated to pay time-and-a half to farmworkers after 10 hours in a day or 60 hours in a week. That's longer than the overtime pay for other workers, who get it after eight hours in a day or 40 hours a week.
Opponents say the seasonal nature of farm work does not lend itself to overtime and may cause cuts to hours.
After Brown's signing, his Executive Secretary Nancy McFadden tweeted the labor improvements contained in AB 1066 and another bill were "overdue."
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