Immigration Reform in Californian Agriculture and the Tech Industry

Workshop

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Immigration Reform in Californian Agriculture
and the Tech Industry

Friday, June 7, 2019
Time: 9:15 am – 3:15 pm | Heyns Room, Faculty Club

California farm workers harvest corn in 2013. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.)
California farm workers harvest corn in 2013. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.)

The workshop aims to discuss the consequences of both labor shortages and immigration policies in Californian agriculture and the tech industry. Particular attention will be paid to the H2A and H1B guest worker programs and their consequences for employers, employees and the industries more broadly. The workshop seeks to identify policies that benefit all stakeholders. 

Registration required on the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment website 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Laitn American Studies and the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

Workshop Schedule

 

8:45 am – 9:15 am       Registration, Coffee and Biscuits


9:15 am – 9:30 am       Welcoming Remarks

Johanna K. Schenner (Institute for Research on Labor and Employment)
Jasmijn Slootjes (Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative)


9:30 am – 10:30 am      Panel 1: The Tech Industry – Employees’ Perspectives

Moderator: Andrew Moriarty (Forward US)
Commentator: Sameer Desai (Johnson & Johnson)
Speakers:
Maria Ontiveros (University of San Francisco)
Robin Savinar (UC Davis)
Tech Worker Coalition (participant to be confirmed)


10:30 am – 10:45 am     Coffee break


10:45 am – 12:00 pm     Panel 2: The Tech Industry – The Employer's Perspective

Moderator: Robin Savinar (UC Davis)
Commentator: Tech Worker Coalition (TBD)
Speakers:
Andrew Moriarty (Forward US)
Peter Leroe-Muñoz (Silicon Valley Leadership Group)
Sameer Desai (Johnson & Johnson)


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm      Lunch


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm        Panel 3: The Agricultural Sector – The Employee's Perspective

Moderator: Nina Ichikawa (Berkeley Food Institute)
Commentator: Bryan Little (Californian Farm Bureau Federation)
Speakers:
William Tamayo (Equal Employment Opportunities Commission)
Cynthia Rice (California Rural Legal Assistance)
Johan Fredrik Rye (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm    Panel 4: The Agricultural Sector – The Employer's Perspective

Moderator: Cynthia Rice (California Rural Legal Assistance)
Commentator:  Nina Ichikawa (Berkeley Food Institute)
Speakers:
David Runsten (Community Alliance for Family Farmers)
Bryan Little (Californian Farm Bureau Federation)
Chris Valadez (Grower-Shipper Association of Central California)


3:00 pm – 3:15 pm      Closing Remarks – Nina Ichikawa (Berkeley Food Institute)

 

This event is cosponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the Berkeley Food Institute, the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology, the UC Berkeley Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies Program, the Berkeley School of Information, the Institute of Governmental Studies, the Haas School of Business and the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative