McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge Student Contributed to Farm Workers Overtime Bill’s Success

September 12, 2016

Michelle Teran, '17 MSL

MSL student Michelle Teran, '17.

McGeorge Master of Science in Law (MSL) student Michelle Teran, '17, put her classroom skills to work advocating for the farm worker overtime bill AB 1066 (Gonzalez) which passed the California Assembly on Aug. 29, 2016. The bill was signed into law by Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 12, 2016.

In her job as Political/Legislative Assistant to the United Farm Workers of America, Michelle spoke with legislators and others about the importance of AB 1066, a bill about overtime pay for farm workers that is now on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk for his consideration. If the bill is signed into law, it would expand overtime pay to farm workers in California after working more than 8 hours in a day or 40 hours a week.

Michelle attributes her success in part to her McGeorge MSL coursework. "After taking the persuasive public speaking class over the summer I felt more confident and prepared talking to legislators and others about this bill," she said. "I feel that the class enhanced my speaking to persuade people on this topic and contributed to AB 1066's success."

"AB 1066 seeks to correct an injustice farm workers have lived with for nearly 80 years when the Fair Labor Standards Act excluded them from federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections," said Michelle.

This article was originally posted on Aug. 29, 2016. Read a profile of Michelle Teran.