Three years ago today, 2,400 of us Gerawan workers voted on whether to de-certify the United Farm Workers (UFW), which had abandoned us for 20 years.
The state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) supervised the entire process.
But it didn’t like the results.
So ALRB seized our ballots and stored them in a safe in the ALRB’s Visalia office, then run by UFW activist lawyer Silas Shawver.
That was on November 5, 2013.
Shawver was later fired under an ethics cloud.
ALRB spent $10 million to deny us our voting rights. That amounts to spending $4,000 to suppress each ballot.
This year, the ALRB re-hired Shawver and promoted him as Deputy General Counsel.
ALRB still has our ballots. It refuses to count them. Because it knows that the workers don’t want the UFW.