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Martin Sheen Urges Governor To Support Farmworker Overtime Measure

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A Hollywood actor is hoping his name might make a difference for some California farmworkers.

Former "West Wing" actor Martin Sheen has sent Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger a letter urging him to sign legislation allowing more overtime for farmworkers.

In the letter Sheen writes, "This measure's time has come at long last!"

The measure, which was introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, would provide overtime to farmworkers after working eight hours. Currently farmworkers only receive overtime after working 10 hours.

"It is fair and just," writes the actor, who marched in the farmworker movement with Cesar Chavez back in 1965.

Farmworkers are the only employees in the state who are exempt from receiving overtime when they work more than eight hours a day.

The measure has already passed in the legislature and is now headed to the Governor's desk.

Stay with KMPH and KMPH.com as we continue to follow this story.

 

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