Fil-Am lawmaker fasts for farmworkers’ overtime pay bill

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – The first and the only Filipino elected into California’s state legislature went on a fast to fight for the rights of farm workers.

State Assemblyman Rob Bonta joined others in a fasting for farm workers movement — calling for the passage of  AB1066, a bill that would expand overtime benefits for farm workers.

This new bill would grant farm workers time and a half after eight hours a day or 40 hours a week. Currently, farm workers only get overtime pay after 10-hour work days.

Filipinos have had a long history of fighting for farm workers’ rights in California. In the 1960s, Filipino farm workers, led by Larry Itliong, were the first to walk out of the vineyards, prompting the Delano Grape Strike.

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