Crew workers split between hourly and piece-rate pay
Gregory Encina Billikopf, Stanislaus County, UC Cooperative Extension.
California Agriculture 50(6):5-8. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v050n06p5.
When properly managed, piece-rate pay can result in enhanced wages for crew workers and increased productivity for growers. Despite the benefits of piece rate, crew workers were evenly divided between those who favor hourly pay and those who prefer piece-rate pay. Crew worker concern about how piece rates are determined played a key role in the unexpectedly low preference for piece rate. Suggestions are offered for establishing piece rates as pay incentives.
G. Encina Billikopf is Area Labor Management Farm Advisor, Stanislaus County, UC Cooperative Extension.
The portion of the study that focuses on grower perceptions was conducted with a grant from the UC Agricultural Personnel Management Program (APMP). Farm employers interested in a more comprehensive list of recommendations can write to the author at University of California, 733 County Center 3, Modesto, CA 95355; call (209) 525–6654; or e-mail email@example.com.