Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Outreach Program
The State of California recognizes March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day. Cesar Chavez, a noted leader in the labor movement, strived to improve working conditions for all farmworkers. Today, the EDD continues that tradition by offering employment services to the thousands of migrant and seasonal farmworkers who have helped make California one of the 10-largest economies in the world, and the leader in U.S. agricultural production.
The Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker (MSFW) Outreach Program provides services to the agricultural community statewide. The program specifically targets agricultural employers and workers classified as migrant, seasonal, or migrant food-processing workers as defined by federal law.
Through the MSFW Outreach Program, the EDD is compliant with federal law in providing a full range of employment services to farmworkers who otherwise would not have access to services through the normal intake process within the America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM network.
As of 2017, California was home to more than 400,000 agricultural jobs. The number of agricultural jobs has risen since 2010.
As a component of the MSFW Outreach Program, EDD representatives conduct outreach in areas of high agricultural activity to provide recruitment services for employers and job seekers including but not limited to:
- Job search assistance
- CalJOBSSM navigation information and registration
- General information about unemployment insurance.
- General information about disability insurance.
- Labor market information.
- Vocational training and career opportunities.
- Referral to supportive services or organizations also serving farmworkers.
- Farmworker rights and labor law information.
- Assistance with filing workplace violation complaints.
If you are an employer or migrant or seasonal farmworker and would like further information, contact your nearest America’s Job Center of California or call the America’s Service Locator toll-free at 1-877-872-5627 (TTY 1-877-889-5627).
The EDD Monitor Advocate Office (MAO) is responsible for:
- Overseeing the MSFW Outreach Program
- Monitoring the program’s compliance with federal and state regulations relative to farmworker services
- Ensuring that migrant and seasonal farmworkers receive a full range and equitable level of employment services as those offered to non-farmworkers
- Assessing the needs of California’s agricultural workforce
- Working collaboratively with other agencies to facilitate workforce development services, benefits, and protections according to federal law
The Monitor Advocate Office can be contacted by calling toll-free at 1-866-289-8356.
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