“What Is a Good Job Now?” In Agriculture, Salinas, Puerto Rico

What Is a Good Job Now?: A Zócalo/James Irvine Foundation Event Series. Register to join us in-person or live online.

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“What Is a Good Job Now?” is a series supported by The James Irvine Foundation, focusing on workers in the low-wage sectors of California's economy, in communities across the state. Public programs and essays, grounded in workers' experiences and realities, will explore how to make the hardest jobs more rewarding, and make life better for those who do them.

The advance of technology and the decline of immigration have profoundly changed the nature of work in agriculture. But toiling in the fields remains difficult and dangerous, even as it requires more mechanical expertise from workers. And agricultural work remains seasonal, forcing repeated relocations and putting pressures on working families. As a result, many of the people who pick and process our fruit, nuts, and vegetables are in poor health themselves. Where are the best jobs in California’s agricultural sector? What changes must be made—in policy, enforcement, community, and in our health and economic systems—to improve current farm jobs, and the future prospects of those who work them?

Zócalo invites our in-person audience to continue the conversation with our speakers and each other at a post-event reception with complimentary drinks and small bites.

Live simultaneous ASL translation of the discussion will be provided.

Past events in the series:

What Makes a Good Tourism Job Now?

One Fair Wage president Saru Jayaraman, hospitality expert Lesley Butler, and restaurant worker Ralph Prado IV visit Zócalo to discuss the future of tourism and hospitality work in the Inland Empire and throughout California.

For a full report on the live discussion, check out the Takeaway.

Image credit: Artwork by Ernesto Yerena.




Salinas, United States

Event Date & Time

Local Time: Fri Mar 01 2024 at 07:00 pm to Sun Jun 30 2024 at 08:00 pm (GMT-08:00)

Current local date and time now

Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 9:01

Event category: Festivals