ALRB Chairman Gould says contractors should be unionized

Displaying his bias that contractors should be unionized, ALRB Chairman William B. Gould says that contractor drivers for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft should be unionized. Gould won’t talk to reporters about agricultural workers who don’t want to be forced to join a union. And he won’t explain why he hasn’t allowed the Gerawan workers’ UFW decertification ballots – cast in 2013 – to be counted. His December 18 comment to International Business Times shows his personal bias for contractors to…

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Smoking gun found: Collaboration between ALRB’s Torres-Guillen & UFW

ALRB’s activist general counsel celebrated the UFW’s 50th anniversary in May, 2012, just months before she began an all-out offensive to double the dying union’s diminished membership by forcing farmworkers to join. PickJustice has discovered a photograph of ALRB General Counsel Sylvia Torres-Guillen smiling at the UFW podium, flanked by union President Arturo Rodriguez and Secretary Treasurer Sergio Guzman. Sources tell us that Torres-Guillen used the occasion to promise the UFW that she would use her power as a state…

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Secretive ALRB refuses to answer questions

The ALRB’s refusal to answer direct questions caused one journalist to reprint the questions – and the ALRB’s non-answers. Here they are, as published in CalWatchdog.com. “The American Media Institute emailed 11 sets of questions to Agricultural Labor Relations Board Chairman William B. Gould IV and the other board members on Oct. 29. Board Acting Executive Secretary and Special Board Counsel Paul M. Starkey replied in an email and letter on Oct. 30. What follows are the questions, and Starkey’s…

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ALRB’s silence to reporters reeks of cover-up

The ALRB is as tight-lipped as ever with reporters who ask questions about wrongdoing, suggesting that the Board has something to cover-up. CalWatchdog ran an investigative piece about the whistleblower inside ALRB who came forward in May, alleging that the Office of Legal Counsel – then led by Sylvia Torres-Guillen – had fabricated information to deceive the Board into supporting more legal action against Gerawan Farming. “The whistleblower said that ‘false statements, inaccuracies and vague information had been written into’…

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Two years and counting: ALRB still refuses to tally our votes

Two years have passed since the ALRB supervised the Gerawan Farming workers to vote on whether or not to de-certify the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. The ALRB still refuses to count the ballots that the workers cast on November 5, 2013. In September, the ALRB’s own in-house administrative law judge, Mark R. Soble, ruled that the decertification effort should be dismissed and the ballots remain uncounted. Even though Soble accused the UFW of “lying” to him during the hearing…

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UFW stages fake “strike” at plant nursery

The United Farm Workers staged a fake strike at a Dorris, California, plant nursery, misrepresenting the hundreds of contract workers, making false statements about conditions, and violating state law. The October 29 protest surprised the workers, who had not been notified in advance that the UFW would be there, speaking in their name, according to the Herald and News. “We don’t need a union,” said employee Margarita Saucedo. “We are already united.” On its Facebook page, the UFW claimed that…

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Wall Street Journal describes ALRB-UFW “shake down” of workers

The ALRB and UFW are colluding to “shake down” farmworkers at Gerawan Farming, according to the Wall Street Journal. Alyssia Finley writes, “In the tradition of the Obama administration’s pro-union shenanigans with the National Labor Relations Board, California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) has teamed up with the United Farm Workers union to shake down workers at the state’s largest tree-fruit grower. Gerawan Farming, a third-generation family farm in Fresno, is trying to fend off the attack.” The ALRB’s own…

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Judge Mark R. Soble makes $156,000 a year as an ALRB employee

Mark R. Soble, the administrative law judge who decided September 17 to destroy the Gerawan farmworkers’ 2013 ballots, earns $156,000 a year as an employee of the ALRB. Soble is widely characterized as a simple “judge,” with the implication that he is an objective member of the judicial branch of government. In fact, he is an “administrative law judge” – with the formal title “Hearing Officer I,” for California’s executive branch of government, as an employee of the Agricultural Labor…

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New video about ‘La Charra’ – the union agent inside the ALRB

Here’s a two-minute video about how UFW-trained legal activists are embedded in the ALRB to force Latino farmworkers to fork over 3 percent of their salary to the union – even if the union has done nothing for them. The video is about Jessica Arciniega, who is still on the ALRB General Counsel staff – even though her protector, former ALRB general counsel Sylvia Torres-Guillen, and her comrades Silas Shawver and Algeria de la Cruz have left under a cloud…

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Judge Soble said ALRB & UFW colluded in ‘litigation strategy’

The ALRB’s own administrative judge has practically admitted that the procedures for solving union decertification cases is a sham. Mark R. Soble, the ALRB administrative law judge who has spent nearly two years on the Gerawan Farming worker case, ripped into the ALRB in his September 17 ruling. In a footnote on pages 163 and 164 of his ruling, Judge Soble stated that the ALRB and UFW colluded in the Gerawan case. In Soble’s words, “the record should make clear,…

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Latino farmworkers say they lied out of fear of ALRB retaliation

Latino farmworkers who testified before a state administrative tribunal say they lied because they feared that California authorities would retaliate against them if they told the truth. Judge Mark R. Soble of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) said in his September 17 ruling that the farmworkers admitted lying because they either didn’t trust the ALRB lawyers, or were afraid the ALRB would call the police or immigration authorities. In his September 17 ruling – in which Soble denied the…

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UFW uses fake numbers & lies to ALRB to hide “smallness” of the union

A California administrative judge called out the United Farm Workers for faking its membership numbers, and for lying in testimony to conceal “the smallness of existing UFW membership.” Judge Mark R. Soble of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), said that UFW National Vice President Armando Elenes was “lying” when he said he couldn’t even estimate the paid membership of the declining union. The United Farm Workers has exaggerated its membership on its filings with the U.S. Department of Labor,…

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Judge says UFW VP “Elenes was lying”

United Farm Workers Vice President Armando Elenes was “lying” to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board during testimony against Gerawan Farming, an ALRB judge has found. “I reach the inescapable conclusion that Elenes was lying” during his testimony, ALRB Administrative Law Judge Mark R. Soble stated in his 192-page ruling. “As a result, for me, this seriously undermined the credibility of Elenes as to his other answers.” In that same ruling, Soble said that the 2013 ballots of Gerawan farmworkers to decertify the…

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ALRB judge rules against workers, says ballots should not be counted

ALRB Judge Mark Soble has issued his long-anticipated decision on whether to count the Gerawan workers’ ballots cast in 2013 to decertify the United Farm Workers (UFW union. His decision was to prevent the workers’ votes from being counted. What follows is an official statement from the workers’ employer, Gerawan Farming. Gerawan Responds to ALJ Ruling to Destroy Farmworker Ballots FRESNO, CA, September 18, 2015 – Gerawan Farming issued the following statement in response to a ruling yesterday by Agricultural Labor…

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