The UFW and ALRB are trying to sabotage the jobs of California farmworkers who earn the highest wages in the industry.
The UFW and ALRB targeted the Gerawan workers who dared vote in 2013 to decertify the UFW – and then the ALRB refused to count the workers’ votes.
They targeted the Gerawan Farming employer who dared pay the workers the highest wages in the industry – without any union or state interference.
Look at what’s happening:
- ALRB and UFW cost 2,500 workers their jobs in the first 2 months of 2016. The $10 million ALRB-UFW campaign against Gerawan employers and employees is believed to have put the company in the tough position of closing down its table grape operations. The result: 2,500 highly paid farm workers lost their income.
- UFW knew the workers would lose their jobs, but said nothing. The UFW says it knew almost a year in advance that grape workers would lose their jobs in early 2015, yet it didn’t lift a finger to help. UFW Vice President Armando Elenes admitted to the Fresno Bee that the union knew almost a year in advance that the workers would lose their jobs.
- UFW will cost more well-paid workers their jobs by purposely damaging the reputation of their employer. By attacking the Prima brand, whose parent company is resisting the UFW-ALRB collusion, the UFW is purposely damaging the brand’s appeal with customers. UFW is currently trying to sabotage the brand’s reputation with Wal-Mart, which indirectly employees a huge number of farmworkers. If the UFW is successful, fewer customers will want the brand – and that means fewer jobs for farmworkers.
- UFW is OK with postponing an $11 minimum wage, even though Gerawan workers’ base pay is already $11. The UFW has targeted Gerawan, which pays its non-union workers an entry-level base pay of $11 an hour. Yet last week, the UFW signed off on Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to delay raising the minimum wage to $11 an hour until 2018. The UFW is OK with paying workers less for the time being, in order to help its political allies in Sacramento raise the minimum wage more gradually, so the politicians won’t take the heat.