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April 2004
Establishing Fair and Attractive Piece Rate Pay for Vineyard Pruning
by Melinda Warner
Piece rate vineyard pruners are, on the average, 37 percent faster than those paid by the hour, says University of California labor expert Gregory Billikopf. Hourly-paid crews require an average of 26 man hours per acre pruned, in contrast to only 19 man hours per acre for piece rate paid crews. Piece rate incentives are often needed to counteract the effect that crew dynamics has on performance. Workers paid by the hour tend to cling together, while those paid by the vine tend to spread out, so...
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