Sheridan Not Surprised That Incumbent Calvert Advocates Dropping Protections For Workers From Dangerous Pesticides – July 12, 2016
Calvert’s Action Again Likely Tied To Campaign Contributions That He Has Received
Tim Sheridan, the California Democratic Party’s candidate for Congress in California’s 42nd District, said today that he was not surprised that 23-1/2 year incumbent Congressman Ken Calvert is leading the attempt to lower the amount of protection afforded to agricultural and farm workers. As head of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Mr. Calvert is pushing a vote in the House this week that would strip these workers of certain protections afforded to them under the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Worker Protection Standards.
“California has the largest population of farm workers in the country, a group of people that are often disenfranchised and subject to dangerous working conditions,” Sheridan said. “Mr. Calvert wants to further deprive these workers of their rights and protections because of the big money contributions that he gets from agricultural lobby.”
One of the protections workers would lose is access to a designated representative charged with providing information about the pesticides that they work with for medical treatment or workers’ compensation purposes. This protection is standard practice in other industries where workers are exposed to toxic substances.
“There is little doubt that Mr. Calvert is spearheading this action because he has received at least $15,000 in contributions from major pesticide companies, including BASF and agricultural giant Monsanto,” Sheridan added.
Sheridan, a long time labor and employment professional, also said that workers deserve to have their health protected even if it costs big companies more money.
“Companies should not be allowed to put a maximum price on an employee’s health,” Sheridan asserted.
“American farm workers are a vital part of our community and essential to our economy, and it is simply shameful that Mr. Calvert wants to take away their protections,” Sheridan concluded.
California’s 42nd Congressional District, a geographical area shaped like the letter “X”, runs along the I-15 corridor from Eastvale, southeast to Temecula, and northeast along the I-215 and CA-79 corridors to Beaumont. It also includes the communities of Corona, Norco, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta, Menifee, Sun City, Winchester, Homeland and Nuevo. Mr. Sheridan lives in Lake Elsinore.