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In this Sept. 1, 2005, file photo state officials count ballots at the Employment Development Center in Bakersfield, Calif., after Giumarra Vineyards workers voted on whether to join the United Farm Workers Union. (AP Photo/The Bakersfield Californian, Casey Christie, File)

WOODVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A dozen farm workers sat in a circle of plastic chairs in a modest living room, listening as a union organizer talked about a bill she said would allow people to organize without fear, rebuild the union and improve conditions in the fields.


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