Not only does fumigation provide many livable wage jobs within the industry, it supports a wide range of employment that depends on fumigation.
Teamsters and other union workers on the docks of Long Beach, Los Angeles, Stockton and Oakland Truckers, Stevadores, Longshoremen, etc.
Businesses that produce and export machinery to guard against invasive species fumigated prior to export.
for your health
for your job
I am writing to voice my concern on behalf of all those like me who work in international trade – whether union dockworkers or businesses that rely on importing and exporting.
Specifically, we are very disturbed about a regulatory proposal by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) that directly threatens our jobs at California ports, where fumigation of numerous products is mandated by the countries we do business with.
The fumigation is necessary to ensure that dangerous pests are not inadvertently shipped with cargo. It is not uncommon for quarantined insects to hide in machinery and other goods bound for foreign markets.
Similarly, California and the United States also required that imports be inspected and treated for pests that we cannot afford to have in our country.
Unfortunately, a measure by CDPR would make it more difficult to fumigate these shipments, which puts all of our jobs at risk because ships will not wait for additional time to process cargo.
California ports and trade support a wide range of high-paying union and non-union jobs. Please let CDPR know how its proposal will undermine this strong sector of the California economy.
With respect and appreciation.