The United Farm Workers (UFW) pays millions of dollars a year to its executives, employees, lawyers, and political cronies in Sacramento.
This is why ALRB is fighting so hard to force workers to pay 3% of their income – to feed the Sacramento political machine.
The UFW spends almost $4 million a year on lobbyists, lawyers, and politicians.
How much does it spend on educational activities and strike benefits for its dues-paying members? ZERO.
The UFW doesn’t even provide a category for organizing in the fields.
The figures are from the UFW’s own information that the union filed with the U.S. Department of Labor. UnionFacts.com provides a graphical description of the numbers.
Here are the official figures from the UFW itself. The UFW budget is basically two categories: Money for political cronies and political action, and money for its own leadership and staff. No budget for benefits for the UFW’s own dues-paying members.
- Political cronies & political action: $3,957,963 a year. This is the category that goes to lobbyist Richie Ross, the political ally of ALRB board member Genevieve Shiroma. No wonder the UFW has so much pull with the Sacramento establishment! As the chart shows, the UFW spends $3,464,562 + $493,401 = $3,957,963 a year on its political cronies, lawyers, and other political activity.
- Spending on itself: $5,358,276 a year. This is what the UFW pays its own leadership and staff, and the expenses to keep them going. Some UFW bosses have been on the payroll for 40 years or more, and personally oversaw the union’s drastic decline. The breakdown, according to the chart, goes like this: $2,098.732 + $164,706 + $431,266 + $2,663,572.
- Spending to support its members, who pay 3% of their pre-tax income to the UFW as mandatory dues: ZERO.
Here are those above figures, broken down by line item, as shown on the chart:
- Political cronies and lawyers (“Representational”): $3,464,562.
- “Political activities and lobbying”: $493,401.
- “Contributions, gifts, and grants”: $81,827.
- “General overhead” – property, funding of UFW operations, and expenses too embarrassing to itemize: $2,098,732.
- “Union administration”: $164,706.
- Payments “to Union Officers”: $431,266.
- Payments “to Union Employees”: $2,663,572.
- “Strike benefits” to dues-paying UFW members in disputes with their employees: ZERO.
- “Education”: ZERO.
It’s easy to see why the UFW needs the state government, through the ALRB, to force workers to pay dues to the union, even when the workers vote to de-certify the UFW as their representative.
(Note: If the ALRB and UFW succeed in imposing a contract on Gerawan farmworkers, the UFW would take an estimated $3,432,000 a year more than it currently does.)