ALRB designee Isadore Hall gave ‘special treatment’ to child molester, Rep. Barragan said

Isadore Hall, the politician appointed to replace William B. Gould on the ALRB, has gotten slammed for “ethics issues” by Congresswoman Nanette Barragán. Barragán’s campaign website, IsadoresHallOfShame.com, blasted Hall for giving “special treatment” to an accused child molester and a “sexual predator.” Here’s what Barragán said about Hall:   Key point: Hall & sex offenders As head of the Compton School Board, Hall led the charge to rehire a high school…

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Congresswoman Barragan said Isadore Hall broke federal corruption law

Isadore Hall, who awaits Senate confirmation as the newest member of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), may have violated a federal campaign corruption law during his failed 2016 congressional campaign. Congresswoman Nanette Barragán first made the allegation last year, while running against Hall in the Democratic primary. The Los Angeles Times first reported the question – and Hall hasn’t answered it. Here’s what the Times reported: “His [Hall’s] primary opponent Nanette…

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Does EFI get paid to look the other way from companies it certifies?

Does the Equitable Food Initiative get paid to look the other way, to ignore workplace violations of companies that it certifies? It sure looks that way. We don’t have all the facts yet, but a reader sent us a tip on our Facebook page that needs to be checked. Our new video, “Alpine’s Rotten Asparagus,” shows how the Florida-based Alpine Fresh has joined the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), which we have…

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Alpine’s not-so-fresh asparagus: In cahoots with UFW

Alpine Fresh is a Florida-based agriculture company that’s in league with the UFW, even though its workers are not UFW members. Teaming up with big agribusiness and retailers – apparently in exchange for not unionizing their workers – the UFW is bringing in a new source of cash and credibility to what is otherwise a dying union. That scheme is called the Equitable Food Initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based pressure group chaired…

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Newest ALRB member blocks Pick Justice on Twitter

The ALRB’s newest member has such a thin skin that he’s blocked Pick Justice from Twitter. Calling himself “Dr. Isadore Hall III,” the failed politician blocked us from his Twitter account on January 26. We had tried to dialogue with Hall after Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to replace William B. Gould IV, the ALRB chairman who quit in disgust earlier this month. Gould told Brown that the ALRB is…

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Forced labor: Gould confirmed what we knew about his agenda

When he quit last week, ALRB Chairman William Gould revealed a lot of his vision for the troubled state agency. He said, in essence, that the ALRB should force labor unions on farmworkers. In his resignation letter to Governor Jerry Brown, Gould confirmed what we suspected all along: He wanted ALRB to be a government unionization enforcer. Gould made it clear that he wanted ALRB to be a unionization tool,…

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Genevieve Shiroma, new ALRB chair, brings record of ethics problems & mismanagement

Instead of reaching outside ALRB for competent leadership, Governor Jerry Brown has promoted new mismanagement from within: Genevieve Shiroma. “I am absolutely an honorable person,” Shiroma insisted to the state Senate during her confirmation hearing for an unprecedented fourth term last summer. Not everybody agrees. Last spring, California Labor Secretary David Lanier agreed with a state audit that found the ALRB to be a wasteful, abusive, unaccountable organization. We reported that…

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Conflicts of interest plague ALRB appointee Isadore Hall

Conflicts of interest plague Isadore Hall, the unemployed politician recently named to the ALRB. Judging by the angry resignation of ALRB Chairman William B. Gould IV, Hall’s appointment offends even him. Here are some of Hall’s conflicts of interest at this early stage: UFW endorsement. During his failed congressional bid, Hall received and accepted the political support of the United Farm Workers, showing his bias in favor of the UFW.…

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