April 13, 2018: NAFTA, H-2A, Immigration, and the ALRB

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Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, UC Davis Law School

This conference examines labor-related issues in California and US agriculture. Labor-intensive fruit and vegetable crops are almost over 85 percent of California and 40 percent of US crop sales, farm worker employment has been increasing, and the state’s mostly unauthorized farm workers are aging and settling in one place with families that include US-born children, reducing migrancy.

Four timely issues will be discussed. First is the re-negotiation of the NAFTA agreement that lowered barriers to trade and investment between Canada, Mexico, and the US. Second is the rapid growth in the H-2A program, which certified 200,000 jobs to be filled by guest workers in 2017, including 15,000 in California. Third are the effects of changing immigration policies on agriculture, farm workers, and agricultural communities. Fourth is an update on ALRB activities and court decisions that affect mandatory mediation and conciliation and union abandonment.

There is no charge to participate, but you must click here to register before April 9, 2018.

The room normally fills by April 1; early registration is recommended.

We are grateful for the support of the UC Ag Issues Center and the UCD Gifford Center and Migration Research Cluster, the Farm, Giannini, Rosenberg, and WKF foundations, and the ALRB. For further information, contact Philip Martin at plmartin@ucdavis.edu.


8:15 AM: Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:45 AM: Welcome, Philip Martin, UC Davis and Daniel Sumner, UC Agricultural Issues Center and UC Davis

9:00 AM: NAFTA Renegotiations: Implications for California Agriculture

10:30 AM: Break

10:45 AM: Farm Labor: The Rise of H-2A Workers

12:15 PM: Lunch

1:15 PM: Immigration and Agriculture

2:45 PM: Break

3:00 PM: ALRB Issues

4:30 PM: Adjourn