Farmers increase hiring through labor contractors
Philip L. Martin, UC Davis
Gregory P. Miller
California Agriculture 47(4):20-23. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v047n04p20.
Farm wages in California, as a percentage of farm sales, fell slightly during the 1980s, partly because many farmers switched to hiring workers through Farm Labor Contractors (FLCs). The abuses frequently attributed to FLCs — including underpayment or nonpayment of wages and (over)charges for housing, transportation and work equipment — have renewed legislative interest in regulating their activities.
P. L. Martin is Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, UC Davis; G. P. Miller, a writer for the , was formerly an economist with The Commission on Agricultural Workers.