After Freeze, California Offers a Hand to Workers Thousands of California's field hands and packing-house workers face unemployment in the wake of a devastating freeze. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opened 19 emergency aid stations to provide unemployment assistance and food support, promising that everyone will get help from the state.
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After Freeze, California Offers a Hand to Workers

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After Freeze, California Offers a Hand to Workers

After Freeze, California Offers a Hand to Workers

After Freeze, California Offers a Hand to Workers

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In the wake of the devastating freeze in California over the past two weeks, thousands — perhaps tens of thousands — of packing-house workers and field hands are facing unemployment.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has promised that everyone will get help from the state; he has opened up 19 emergency aid stations across the state to provide unemployment assistance and food support.

Many of the workers and their families normally depend on each paycheck to survive.

Sasha Khokha reports from member station KQED.