Farmworkers Deserve Safety and Respect
in Sonoma County


 Sonoma County is the front lines of climate change fueled wildfires. Every year, fires grow bigger, more intense, and more destructive. Farmworkers face the brunt of these dangers. Every year, we hear stories of farmworkers picking grapes for the harvest in smoke-filled skies, extreme heat, with flames in view, and even in evacuation zones. Today, farmworkers in Sonoma County bravely make the public call to improve their jobs and lives ahead of the wildfires. We stand in solidarity with them and support their priorities. 


We are asking our NBJwJ supporters and allies to join us in supporting these workers by SIGNING THIS PETITION which asks the wine industry and our local elected officials to ensure these 5 PRIORITIES for farmworker safety are met as we face another wildfire season. 





Click HERE for a pdf with the 5 SAFETY PRIORITIES - English

Click HERE for a pdf with the 5 SAFETY PRIORITIES - Spanish


Everything You Need to Access Paid Sick Leave 


Who has paid sick leave to care for themselves? 

Every Worker in California!  Governor Newsom Signs Bill Immediately Ensuring Access to Paid Sick Leave for Every California Employee This went into effect on Sept 19th, 2020 and ALL employees are covered for 80 hours


Who has paid sick leave to care for someone else or paid sick leave if a child's school closes? 

Every worker who works in Santa Rosa, and every worker who works in an unincorporated area of Sonoma County

Visit this website for an FAQ & specific details about the Paid Sick Leave Ordinance that we passed in Santa Rosa 

Information on our ordinance for the County of Sonoma will be up soon but mirrors the Santa Rosa ordinance for workers in all unincorporated areas of the County

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Download these resources to ensure you are receiving the paid sick leave you are entitled to:

  • Here is an informational flyer for EMPLOYEES that covers your basic rights and how to contact CRLA and Legal Aid for support to obtain your paid sick leave. You do not need approval to take paid sick leave. You just need to tell your employer you are not able to attend work as soon as you are able. 
  • Aquí hay un volante con más información de Tiempo Pagado de Enfermedad en Español
  • Here is a letter to give to your EMPLOYER as backup to ensure you get your paid sick leave immediately. There are statewide, city and county resources available at the bottom for your employer. 




                                                                                                                                                      Download this chart with additional info HERE                 .


As a founder of So Co United in Crisis, NBJwJ and the North Bay Labor Council are calling on cities and the County of Sonoma to pass an emergency ordinance that would give workers 80 HOURS PAID SICK LEAVE for any workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Santa Rosa City Council passed our ordinance effective IMMEDIATELY on 
Tuesday, July 7th 2020 

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance, effective immediately for unincorporated areas of the County, on Tuesday, August 18th 2021

Employers are required to post this information. These hours are in addition to any hours an employee has already accrued. If your employer has already given you COVID-related paid sick leave since March 17th they may count those hours towards your 80 hours.

Download the chart and full information about your rights     









The UndocuFund for Disaster Relief in Sonoma County, was founded in October 2017, in response to the Tubbs wildfire. It was launched by a coalition of immigrant service providers and advocates to provide direct assistance to undocumented victims of the Northern California fires. The fund ceased operations December 31, 2018; it was re-activated in October 26, 2019 in response to the Kincade Fire. We are now activating the fund again in March of 2020; the fund seeks to support undocumented children, families, and communities in Sonoma County affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

We established UNDOCUFUND.ORG to raise funds for this vulnerable group of workers. Please consider giving generously.

Donate here online: or send a check to: UndocuFund c/o GCIR, P.O. Box 1100, Sebastopol, California 95473-1100

If you or someone you know could benefit from this fund, please go to for information. Or contact: Omar Medina at [email protected]