Two years and counting: ALRB still refuses to tally our votes

Two years have passed since the ALRB supervised the Gerawan Farming workers to vote on whether or not to de-certify the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. The ALRB still refuses to count the ballots that the workers cast on November 5, 2013. In September, the ALRB’s own in-house administrative law judge, Mark R. Soble, ruled that the decertification effort should be dismissed and the ballots remain uncounted. Even though Soble accused the UFW of “lying” to him during the hearing…

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UFW stages fake “strike” at plant nursery

The United Farm Workers staged a fake strike at a Dorris, California, plant nursery, misrepresenting the hundreds of contract workers, making false statements about conditions, and violating state law. The October 29 protest surprised the workers, who had not been notified in advance that the UFW would be there, speaking in their name, according to the Herald and News. “We don’t need a union,” said employee Margarita Saucedo. “We are already united.” On its Facebook page, the UFW claimed that…

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Wall Street Journal describes ALRB-UFW “shake down” of workers

The ALRB and UFW are colluding to “shake down” farmworkers at Gerawan Farming, according to the Wall Street Journal. Alyssia Finley writes, “In the tradition of the Obama administration’s pro-union shenanigans with the National Labor Relations Board, California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) has teamed up with the United Farm Workers union to shake down workers at the state’s largest tree-fruit grower. Gerawan Farming, a third-generation family farm in Fresno, is trying to fend off the attack.” The ALRB’s own…

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Judge Mark R. Soble makes $156,000 a year as an ALRB employee

Mark R. Soble, the administrative law judge who decided September 17 to destroy the Gerawan farmworkers’ 2013 ballots, earns $156,000 a year as an employee of the ALRB. Soble is widely characterized as a simple “judge,” with the implication that he is an objective member of the judicial branch of government. In fact, he is an “administrative law judge” – with the formal title “Hearing Officer I,” for California’s executive branch of government, as an employee of the Agricultural Labor…

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New video about ‘La Charra’ – the union agent inside the ALRB

Here’s a two-minute video about how UFW-trained legal activists are embedded in the ALRB to force Latino farmworkers to fork over 3 percent of their salary to the union – even if the union has done nothing for them. The video is about Jessica Arciniega, who is still on the ALRB General Counsel staff – even though her protector, former ALRB general counsel Sylvia Torres-Guillen, and her comrades Silas Shawver and Algeria de la Cruz have left under a cloud…

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Judge Soble said ALRB & UFW colluded in ‘litigation strategy’

The ALRB’s own administrative judge has practically admitted that the procedures for solving union decertification cases is a sham. Mark R. Soble, the ALRB administrative law judge who has spent nearly two years on the Gerawan Farming worker case, ripped into the ALRB in his September 17 ruling. In a footnote on pages 163 and 164 of his ruling, Judge Soble stated that the ALRB and UFW colluded in the Gerawan case. In Soble’s words, “the record should make clear,…

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Latino farmworkers say they lied out of fear of ALRB retaliation

Latino farmworkers who testified before a state administrative tribunal say they lied because they feared that California authorities would retaliate against them if they told the truth. Judge Mark R. Soble of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) said in his September 17 ruling that the farmworkers admitted lying because they either didn’t trust the ALRB lawyers, or were afraid the ALRB would call the police or immigration authorities. In his September 17 ruling – in which Soble denied the…

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UFW uses fake numbers & lies to ALRB to hide “smallness” of the union

A California administrative judge called out the United Farm Workers for faking its membership numbers, and for lying in testimony to conceal “the smallness of existing UFW membership.” Judge Mark R. Soble of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), said that UFW National Vice President Armando Elenes was “lying” when he said he couldn’t even estimate the paid membership of the declining union. The United Farm Workers has exaggerated its membership on its filings with the U.S. Department of Labor,…

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Judge says UFW VP “Elenes was lying”

United Farm Workers Vice President Armando Elenes was “lying” to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board during testimony against Gerawan Farming, an ALRB judge has found. “I reach the inescapable conclusion that Elenes was lying” during his testimony, ALRB Administrative Law Judge Mark R. Soble stated in his 192-page ruling. “As a result, for me, this seriously undermined the credibility of Elenes as to his other answers.” In that same ruling, Soble said that the 2013 ballots of Gerawan farmworkers to decertify the…

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ALRB judge rules against workers, says ballots should not be counted

ALRB Judge Mark Soble has issued his long-anticipated decision on whether to count the Gerawan workers’ ballots cast in 2013 to decertify the United Farm Workers (UFW union. His decision was to prevent the workers’ votes from being counted. What follows is an official statement from the workers’ employer, Gerawan Farming. Gerawan Responds to ALJ Ruling to Destroy Farmworker Ballots FRESNO, CA, September 18, 2015 – Gerawan Farming issued the following statement in response to a ruling yesterday by Agricultural Labor…

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Former ALRB judge called present ALRB lawyer Arciniega a ‘union agent’

A legal activist once described by an ALRB judge as a “union agent” is now a top ALRB attorney. “And with the recent shakeups in the ALRB general counsel’s office that resulted in the sackings and sudden resignations of top lawyers, people are wondering why Arciniega remains on the job,” Katy Grimes writes in Flash Report. “The lawyer has come a long way since getting her law degree as an ‘apprentice’ of longtime UFW lawyer Barbara Macri-Ortiz, who in fact…

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Legal magazine shows ALRB compensates for UFW’s lazy organizing

The UFW and ALRB are in a mess of their own making, and the fightback they’ve been getting from growers and anti-union workers has threatened the legacy of ALRB Chairman William B. Gould IV. Hiding behind an in-house attorney, UFW President Arturo Rodriguez refused to give an interview with California Lawyer for the story. Farmer Dan Gerawan spoke freely to the legal publication, despite pending litigation. So did ALRB Chairman Gould, who previously rebuffed reporters’ questions about Gerawan, citing pending litigation.…

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Allegations of bias dog Silas Shawver as he leaves ALRB

As Silas Shawver leaves the ALRB under a cloud – following the sacking of his boss, Sylvia Torres-Guillen – continued allegations of bias continue to mount. An exchange of correspondence between labor attorney Paul J. Bauer and Shawver show a hailstorm of acrimony – and a pile of carefully organized evidence that remove all doubt about Shawver’s potentially illegal bias in favor of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. The original correspondence takes up six pages (available here Bauer letter to…

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Silas Shawver leaves ALRB under a cloud

Silas Shawver, the union activist who led efforts in the San Joaquin Valley to battle farmworkers who didn’t want to be forced to join the UFW, is out at the ALRB. Word on social media is that Shawver has found a new job at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). According to its website, “In 1980, the DFEH was established as an independent department charged with enforcing California’s comprehensive employment, housing, public accommodations and public service non-discrimination…

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