Today’s News & Commentary — March 26

ON LABOR

On Wednesday agribusinesses will begin negotiations with the coalition of Baja California farmworkers who are on strike, the Los Angeles Times reports. After more than 200 people were arrested in last week’s protests, 1,000 police and soldiers have been sent to the area. Mexico’s National Commission for Human Rights have also sent observers to Baja California in response to complaints of unlawful arrests and police mistreatment.

Microsoft is requiring contractors that do business with the company to provide workers with 15 days of paid sick leave, the New York Times reports. Bradford L. Smith, General Counsel for Microsoft, said, “the research shows that employees who do get these kinds of benefits are far likelier to be happier, have higher morale and are far more likely to be productive.” Workers’ rights advocates have increasingly expressed concern about contract workers. In the tech industry full-time workers often earn six figures and…

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