Both houses have now approved AB 2043, which would give Cal/OSHA the regulatory muscle to enforce the COVID-19 safety guidance for farmworkers.

In opposing the measure, Republican Shannon Grove of Bakersfield on Sunday pointed the finger to labor unions for the highly publicized COVID-19 deaths among workers at packing plants.

“It was difficult for them to get information out because they have to have it agreed upon by the collective bargaining units,” said Grove.

She added that AB 2043 places an unfair burden on companies, which have already been informing employees of the Cal/OSHA guidance.