I own the vineyard management company these women work for and I am offended by Gabe Meline's writing because it is not truthful. It is written to form a view of an outcome he wants to achieve, an outcome that is not accurate. We gave this all female crew a chance to pick all the way through harvest. Something more than rare in this industry. We paid them exactly the same as the men for picking. As a crew, they were far more detailed oriented than the male crew, but they picked much slower. During harvest we pay by the lb but have a guaranteed floor rate by the hour. So when you put the two crews side by side, yes the men make more (generally) because they pick more. And they did pick side by side many times. It is also true there is speed difference between our male crews. During the harvest season we actually provided the female crew with extra help carrying their full picking lugs and emptying them into the trailer. We did not do this for the male crews. Based on their speed, the female crew was paid by the hour on many occasions, as were the male crews. Every crew member was given copies of the certified weigh tags. They were given a pay stub that showed the pay by the hour and the pay by weight. We paid them the higher of the two. Finally, the female crew received an end of harvest bonus because they did good work in a tough environment. And I am grateful for that. They also all showed up at our end of harvest party and had a great time and many of them expressed to me their gratitude for allowing them to do this. So, when you read Gabe's writing, you need to know it is not truthful. Ps. These women all have the documents required to work for us. There are strict laws and guidelines and we follow them to the letter of the law.
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