The nation's top labor official says he supports California's just-passed bill to expand overtime pay for farmworkers and is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign it.
"Farmworkers who put food on our table should be able to put food on their own table and make enough money to do so," Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in an interview Friday.
"Once again California can play a leadership role in demonstrating that we can take care of all our employees and do so in a way that is sensible and doesn't break the bank," Perez said.
On Monday the Assembly approved a proposal that calls for farmworkers to receive the same overtime pay as hourly workers in other industries.
Currently, farmworkers get time-and-a-half pay after working 10 hours in a day or 60 hours in a week. Most other hourly workers are entitled to overtime pay after eight hours in a day or 40 hours in a week.