United Farm Workers v Governor Gavin Newsom

We’re back! (And we now publish on Thursdays.)

This week we’re discussing the farm workers bill facing Governor Gavin Newsom that could make or break a potential run for the presidency in 2024.

After vetoing similar legislation in 2021, Newsom once more must decide on what to do with a bill that would allow California’s farm workers to vote by mail in their unionization efforts.

This time, the whole country is watching, thanks to organizing efforts by the historic United Farm Workers of America.

Dozens of UFW members, alongside many allies, followed the footsteps of co-founder César Chávez and marched some 350 miles last month from Delano to Sacramento. All told, the trip took over three weeks with multiple days of triple-digit heat.

Now they’re camped outside the Capitol, and they’re not leaving until Newsom signs their bill.

The governor has shown signs that he wants to protect his Big Ag colleagues (his own winery just bought a $14.5 million vineyard in Napa) and veto the bill once more.

But Democrats with more power are now leaning on him to sign it. That includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Kamala Harris, and even President Joe Biden himself.

Would a second veto ruin his chances for a 2024 presidential run? And even if he does spike the bill, does he think UFW won’t be back next year with even more support?

Read the room, Gavin.

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