ALRB can double UFW’s payroll by taking Gerawan workers’ 3%

Money is power, and UFW want more of both.

Money is power. UFW wants more of both.

By forcing Gerawan farm workers to pay 3 percent of their gross wages to the union, the ALRB would be able to double the UFW’s annual payroll.

In documents it filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, UFW reported that it has an annual payroll of $3.2 million.

Some of its top executives have been on the UFW payroll for 40 years or more – guaranteed jobs for life.

By forcing an estimated 5,000 Gerawan farm laborers to pay 3 percent of their wages to the UFW, the ALRB will help union would rake in about $686 per worker, or $3.4 million per year.

Many Gerawan farm workers are paid more than the union’s own organizers and representatives.

The state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) pays many of its own field representatives and staff less than Gerawan pays its farm laborers.

It looks more and more like the ALRB’s Sylvia Torres Guillen and Silas Shawver are spending state money to force farm workers to cough up 3 percent of their salary to the UFW – and to force their employers to fire them if they don’t pay up.

About Jesse Rojas

Farm worker rights activist and spokesman for Pick Justice and www.pickjustice.com

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