ALRB exposes corruption of one-party state (like PRI in Mexico)

pri se puedeThe Agricultural Labor Relations Board fiasco to suppress the votes of farmworkers has exposed the corruption of one-party states throughout history. In California’s one-party state reminiscent of Mexico’s PRI, the ALRB operates like a kangaroo court.

Steven Greenhut of Sacramento writes about the ironies in a thoughtful American Spectator article. “People vote in an election. The government suspects the vote will go against its allies, so it seizes the ballots. Officials overseeing the election seem to be in cahoots with the suspected losers. They hold proceedings that have the trappings of an impartial legal process, but the results are a foregone conclusion. After three years of bureaucratic machinations, officials decide to destroy the ballots — and tout the decision as a victory for voters’ rights.”

The target of the one-party state’s enforcement machinery is, of course, the dissident farm that dares to pay its workers better than the state-approved wages negotiated by the state-approved union, the United Farm Workers.

“The farm [Gerawan] is known for paying some of the best wages in the industry,” Greenhut writes. “Its workers held an election in 2013 on whether to decertify the UFW, figuring it wasn’t much help, due to the long absence. The Agricultural Labor Relations Board — created under Gov. Jerry Brown decades ago to assure that farmworkers can choose their labor representatives — oversaw the voting. It then grabbed the ballots and has kept them in a vault ever since. It recently voted to destroy them.

“‘It almost seems like (ALRB) is in cahoots (with the union),’ said a Fresno County judge at one point in the latest fracas. You think? Instead of telling 3,000 farm workers the government knows best and will never count votes to decertify the union, the Brown administration let them trudge up to the ALRB headquarters in Sacramento,” Greenhut says, “where they were treated to a kind of bureaucratic callousness one would expect in — here I go again — the Soviet Union.”

“Instead of counting the votes, the labor board forced the workers into ‘mandatory mediation and conciliation,’ where it and UFW leaders crafted the workers’ contract. Workers even were denied an opportunity to be in the room where their contract was being hammered out. The Legislature weighed in — on the side of the union — by passing a bill that gives the agency even more power to impose contracts on workers unilaterally.”

And so on. There’s more to it, too, including the one-party rule of the ALRB’s Chairman, William B. Gould IV, and his agenda for forcible unionization of workers who don’t want to be unionized under a union that does nothing for them. Read the full article here: http://spectator.org/articles/66093/california’s-soviet-kangaroo-‘courtroom’

 

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