IRVINE, CA. (February 26, 2021) – In response to the Superior Court’s decision to reject requests for a preliminary injunction prohibiting the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board from enforcing interim emergency standards, a coalition of agricultural and trade groups issued the following statement:

The health and safety of workers on farms and ranches is a top priority for agricultural employers. Throughout California, farmers and ranchers have modified their work practices to minimize the spread of COWID-19 in the workplace. In addition, agricultural organizations are working with elected officials and local, state and federal agencies to increase access to vaccines for farm and ranch workers; individual farms and ranches are sponsoring vaccination clinics, and more vaccinations are already planned.

The Court’s decision only makes the work of family farms and other businesses vital to a safe and abundant food supply more difficult under COWID-19. CAL/CHA’s board of directors was unable to justify the need for emergency measures, despite the fact that its own staff reported that emergency measures were not necessary to protect workers’ health.

With this decision, the court failed to adequately consider this crucial issue, and we are currently exploring our legal options to ensure the safe and timely delivery of food and basic services to all Californians. At the same time, we will work with Cal/OSHA to ensure that the agency has a better understanding of the core activities and businesses it regulates and to make the interim emergency standards more practical in developing future policies and directions.

The six complaining organizations and contacts with the media are listed below:

  • California Grape Growers Association : Michael Miller, [email protected], (916) 204-0485 or Meredith Ritchie, [email protected], (916) 708-3364.
  • California Business Roundtable: Brooke Armour Mirror,[email protected], (916) 553-4093
  • Federation of California Agricultural Agencies: Dave Krantz, [email protected], (916) 719-2056
  • Central California Producers and Sellers Association : Christopher Valadez, [email protected] com, (831) 422-8844
  • Ventura County Agricultural Association : Rob Roy, [email protected], (805) 388-2727
  • Western manufacturers: Cory Lunde, [email protected], (949) 885-2264

About the California Grape Growers Association :

The California Vinegrass Growers Association protects and advances the interests of California’s wine producers by providing its members with a unified voice, effective advocacy and strong leadership. CAWG promotes the long-term success of the grape and wine industry by advocating for sound public policy and promoting awareness and understanding of the contributions that grape growers make to California’s economy, environment and communities.

About the California Business Roundtable:

The California Business Roundtable is a non-partisan organization that brings together the top executives of the state’s largest employers, more than half a million employees.  For more than thirty-five years, the Roundtable has identified issues critical to a healthy business climate and demonstrated the leadership needed to strengthen California’s economy and create jobs.

About the California Federation of Agricultural Agencies:

The California Farm Bureau Federation represents the interests of nearly 32,000 members in the state and is part of a network of more than 5.5 million Farm Bureau members across the state to protect family farms and ranches.

About the Association of Producers and Sellers of Central California :

The Grower-Shipper Association of Central California is a regional trade association that provides services, programs and advice to over 300 members. The organization was founded in 1930 and today consists primarily of farmers, shippers, pickers and processors of fruits and vegetables produced in the Central Coast region of California, which includes the counties of Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara; united around a core mission to promote solutions that benefit families, food and farms.

About the Ventura County Agricultural Association :

The Ventura County Agricultural Association is a trade association dedicated to supporting agricultural businesses in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in California. The association offers its members a wide range of services, but more importantly, it provides training programmes in the areas of industrial relations and occupational health and safety.

About Western Manufacturers:

Western Growers, founded in 1926, represents local and regional family farms growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico. Our members and their employees supply more than half of the country’s fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts, including nearly half of the fresh organic produce from the United States. Some members also grow in the United States and in other countries to ensure that people have access to nutritious food all year round. We have been offering consumers variation and healthy choices for generations. Connect with Western manufacturers and learn more about them on our Twitter and Facebook.

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