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Ghostworkers and GreensThe Cooperative Campaigns of Farmworkers and Environmentalists for Pesticide Reform$
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Adam Tompkins

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801456688

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801456688.001.0001

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Resisting Rollbacks

Resisting Rollbacks

California, 1982–1990

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Ghostworkers and Greens

Adam Tompkins

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the responses of environmentalists and labor unions to California Governor George Deukmejian’s pesticide deregulation efforts in the 1980s. Deukmejian committed himself to weakening California’s regulatory structure and encountered opposition from unions and the environmental movement, who defended existing regulatory agencies and law and supported new initiatives to better protect public health. This chapter discusses the collaboration among unions and environmental organizations, such as California Rural Legal Assistance, the Sierra Club, and the United Farm Workers (UFW), as they battled Deukmejian, growers, and scientists over pesticides, health, and acceptable risk. It argues that cooperation between the UFW and environmentalists occurred on a limited basis in California during the period 1982–1990.

Keywords:   labor unions, California, George Deukmejian, environmental movement, public health, California Rural Legal Assistance, Sierra Club, United Farm Workers, deregulation, pesticides

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