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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC

DIVISION 20. PROCESSORS, STORERS, DEALERS, AND DISTRIBUTORS OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS [54001 - 57700]

  ( Division 20 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 8. Produce Markets [56801 - 56982]

  ( Chapter 8 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

ARTICLE 6. Charges for Unloading Produce [56951 - 56959]
  ( Article 6 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

56951.
  

Each produce dealer that operates within a market shall establish a scale of charges for unloading any farm product which is transported to his place of business and shall post and maintain a legible copy of such scale in a conspicuous place at his place of business where it is readily visible at all times during which any farm product is delivered to such place of business.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)

56952.
  

Any scale of charges which is established pursuant to this article may be modified from time to time in accordance with the method and procedure which is prescribed for establishing such scale.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)

56953.
  

The scale of charges which is established shall be the standard charge for unloading any farm product in the market.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)

56954.
  

A person shall not charge or receive any payment for unloading any farm product in excess of the standard charge which is established for the market.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)

56955.
  

The scale of charges shall be established as follows:

(a) If all the produce dealers in a market, or a majority of such produce dealers, either individually or through group representation, have an agreement with a union, the scale of charges shall be that which is prescribed in such agreement and approved as provided in this chapter. If an agreement which covers any employees of produce dealers in a market does not cover persons who unload farm products, the agreement shall be modified, or a new agreement made, to cover such persons.

(b) If there is no such union, the scale of charges shall be fixed by the produce dealers that operate within the market.

In either event, the scale of charges is subject to the approval of the director.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)

56956.
  

Upon the determination of a scale of charges for a market, the scale of charges shall be transmitted to the director. The director shall examine such scale and shall compare it with any available information relative to the charges for similar work which is performed under similar conditions in the city in, or for, which the market is operated. The director may take into consideration any and all factors which are relevant to the determination of the reasonableness of such charges, including any rates of the Public Utilities Commission for the performance of work of a similar nature.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)

56957.
  

If the director determines that the scale of charges is not unreasonable, he shall approve the scale and thereafter the scale of charges shall be the standard charge for unloading any farm product in the market.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967. Ch. 15.)

56958.
  

If the director finds that the scale of charges is unreasonable, he shall fix a time and place for a hearing on the matter.

Notice of such hearing shall be mailed to each produce dealer that operates in the market and to the officials of the union, if a union is involved. The director may also notify any or all producers of any farm product which is delivered to the market.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)

56959.
  

At the hearing the director shall consider any relevant matters that may be presented and, at or after the conclusion of such hearing, he shall so adjust the scale or any item of the scale so that the scale is not unreasonably higher than the prevailing rate for similar work which is performed under similar conditions in the city or its vicinity.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)

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