Farmworkers by the thousands came to the state Capitol with the hope they would see a bill to get them overtime pay, but instead they left with their future uncertain.
The bill was supposed to be among the dozens that hit the Assembly floor for a vote. Instead, the Assembly adjourned for the day before the vote was taken.
The United Farm Workers president then met with the bill's author, Democrat Lorena Gonzalez from San Diego, and Democratic Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon from Paramount, who emerged from his office with a promise.
"We will have our vote next week," Rendon said. "We will make sure that agricultural workers in California are paid overtime as they deserve."
That vote is now expected Monday, August 29.
The workers say they deserve overtime pay when they work more than eight hours just like everyone else.
Republicans argue the bill would not only hurt the workers it tries to help, but that it would hurt already struggling farmers and increase your cost for food.
Farm labor representatives say the Assembly's failure to vote on the farm worker overtime bill is "disrespectful", while lawmakers who plan to vote against it say it hurts everyone involved.
United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez says agriculture laborers do some of the hardest work in the state and deserve pay for long days.
"You keep risking farm workers' lives, and not giving them the same respect that you give to every other worker in regards to being able to have access to overtime after eight hours," Rodriguez said.
Republican Assemblyman James Gallagher of Yuba City, who comes from a farming family, says this not only hurts the workers supporters want to help, but it hurts California farmers, too.
"If the farmer doesn't make it work, nobody gets paid," Gallagher said. "The farmer doesn't get paid. The farmworker doesn't get paid. We're a team."
UFW leaders say they believe there are enough votes to pass the bill and that they intend to talk to enough lawmakers to make sure that happens.