Farmworkers are better off without ALRB-UFW protection racket

ALRB UFW protection racket cahoots

Gerawan farmworkers voted to give their trust to Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers (UFW). In 1990, they voted to certify the UFW as their collective bargaining representative. Then the UFW disappeared. For twenty years, Gerawan farmworkers heard nothing from the UFW. The UFW never communicated with them. Nobody from the UFW came out to the fields to talk to them. The UFW never negotiated a contract for them. Joining the UFW, as…

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UFW has built a track record of perjury and other deception

UFW mentirosos

Since Cesar Chavez died in 1993, the United Farm Workers (UFW) has built a track record of deliberate and willful deception to keep its credibility while its membership leaves in droves. Instead of continuing the Chavez legacy of working hard for the farmworkers, it has practically ignored its members. It used lies – even orchestrated perjury – to stay relevant. UFW lied to Gerawan farmworkers, and is now lying about…

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It’s surprising how much more non-unionized farmworkers earn than others

Farmworkers have managed to earn more without the UFW on its back.

Non-unionized farmworkers, whom the ALRB is trying to force to join the UFW, earn more than workers producing products or performing services for some of America’s most favorite, trendy companies. They earn a lot more than farmworkers represented by the UFW. The base pay for unskilled Gerawan farm laborers is $11.00 per hour, with the average Gerawan hourly field labor wage being $12.07. This is well above the U.S. minimum…

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Incestuous UFW, ALRB relationship strips voting rights

Sylvia Torres-Guillen anti-choice

ALRB General Counsel Sylvia Torres-Guillen never intended for peones to have a choice The Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) had silenced Gerawan farmworkers twice before but it could not stop them a third time when they appealed to Sacramento. After collecting signatures from thousands of Gerawan farmworkers – for the second time – the vast majority finally forced the ALRB to give them their right to hold an up-or-down vote…

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Gerawan field laborers earn more than some ALRB employees

Gerawan employee

Hearing officers and clerical staff of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) earn about the same – or less – as Gerawan Farming workers. Gerawan pays its field laborers a base pay of $11.00 an hour, annualized to about $22,000 a year. Field laborers can earn as much as $15.00 per hour, annualized to $30,000 a year. According to Gerawan’s wage data, its average wages for grape harvesters in 2014…

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ALRB acts as UFW enforcer in Gerawan farmworkers’ case

Farmworkers know that ALRB is in cahoots with UFW and its unfair labor practices.

Government agency informs workers of voting rights then repeatedly blocks election Having been abandoned by the UFW for more than 20 years, Gerawan farmworkers resisted when the union resurfaced in 2012, demanding that they be fired unless they fork over 3 percent of their pay. To the farmworkers, this was an unfair labor practice (ULP) – just the kind of issue the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) was created to…

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

Money is power, and UFW want 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…

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AB 1389 would protect worker rights to protest ALRB

AB 1389 Sacramento 2015.05.06

The ALRB is trying to silence farmworkers who criticize the politicized agency. The UFW “contract” that the ALRB wants to force on Gerawan farmworkers includes a clause that bans the workers from holding strike protests against both the agency and the union. The employer and employees argued against the clause, but the ALRB put it in the contract anyway. Why would the ALRB impose it when neither side wants it? Who…

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