Monday, July 23, 2018

This company isn’t having any trouble finding ag workers

No doubt, farming is hard work. We’re told that Americans don’t want to do it; only desperate undocumented migrant laborers. But this new organization, organized as a labor trust, similar to a worker owned cooperative, is growing by leaps and bounds.

The key to it all is replacing the traditional middleman. In the case of California Harvesters, that means the farm labor contractors, or FLCs, who supply a majority of the agricultural workforce to growers up and down the state’s giant farm belt.
California Harvesters charges growers the same as an FLC does. But it takes the amount of the total labor bill that’s pocketed by the FLC–5% to 8% after expenses, those in the industry say–and directs that sum back to the employees in the form of higher wages, more generous benefits, and so on.

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