By Anne Ward Ernst
Arnulfo Solorio believes that learning English helped advance his farmworker career, and his dream of seeing fellow farmworkers achieve the same is being realized through the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, which held its first farmworker recognition and donor appreciation luncheon Tuesday.
By Maria Sestito
YOUNTVILLE — “I already won because I’m here,” said Roberto Juarez (in Spanish) during the 15th annual Napa County Pruning Contest on Thursday at Beringer Vineyards’ Gamble Ranch. Out of the thousands of farmworkers in the Napa Valley, fewer than 100 were selected to participate in the pruning contest presented by the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation and the Napa Valley Grapegrowers.
By Cathy Huyghe
Farmworkers in Napa are the best-paid in their category locally, regionally, and nationally. That means a starting wage of $12 to $17 per hour, and the number becomes more favorable considering total compensation that includes benefits, vacation pay, holiday pay, and health insurance. Those are not the wages nor the framework for a migrant labor force, and the permanency of the large majority of Napa’s farmworkers distinguishes it from other winemaking regions of California.
By Paul Franson
Napa, Calif.—Vineyard owners and management companies often face new regulations and laws for their workers, but an unusual number will encounter them in the next few years. “There have been more changes to the rules and regulations in the past six months than I’ve seen in the past 10 years,” José Chang, deputy agricultural commissioner for Napa County, stated during a talk he gave at the Rootstock meeting last week. And, he warned, “More are coming.”