2021-2022 Environmental Scorecard for the Oregon Legislature

HB 4002

Farmworker Overtime

This bill was a Special Focus for OLCV. Passing Farm Worker Overtime was crucial in order to begin to right the historic injustice of excluding farmworkers from overtime pay. The Fair Labor Standards Act passed in 1936 excluded farmworkers from being guaranteed overtime pay for soley racist reasons. Against strong opposition, Oregon Democratic legislators took strong action, ensuring that farmworkers will be guaranteed overtime pay starting in 2023 for time over 55 hours per week and will drop to 40 hours per week starting in 2025. Farmworkers are frontline workers who put their wellbeing on the line to provide us with food and they face increasing challenges as extreme weather events increase with climate change. We felt it was imperative to support our partners at Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste to get this legislation over the finish line.

Yes is the pro-environment vote.
Status: Signed into law
pro-environment voteanti-environment voteabsent or excused
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About OLCV

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters is a non-partisan organization with a simple mission: to pass laws that protect Oregon's environmental legacy, elect pro-environment candidates to office, and hold all of our elected officials accountable.

For more information about OLCV, visit our website at olcv.org.

About the Scorecard

For more than 40 years, OLCV has protected Oregon's natural legacy. An essential part of our work is holding our elected officials accountable. The OLCV Environmental Scorecard is not only one of our most important accountability tools, but also a tradition. The first scorecard was published in 1973.

By sharing how each member of the Legislature voted on the most critical conservation bills, we help Oregonians understand whether legislators listened to their constituents, or if they listened to special interest groups instead. It also serves as a summary of environmental bills and includes special recognition of the legislative champions.