Higher court sides with farmworkers against ALRB secrecy

Farmworker Lupe Garcia just won a big win for all California farmworkers, as well as for journalists and for employers who treat their workers fairly. The victory came from a unanimous three-judge panel in Fresno on May 9. The Fifth Court of Appeal ruled that farmworkers have a right to challenge the ALRB’s secretive “mandatory meeting and conciliation” (MMC) practices. It reversed a lower trial court that had favored the ALRB, finding a state law to be unconstitutional. That was a…

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ALRB’s Paul Starkey expresses annoyance as farmworkers visit Sacramento

Farmworker leader Silvia Lopez led a small group to Sacramento to petition elected officials and visit the ALRB. During the February 29 visit, the farmworkers talked to lawmakers and ALRB staff. ALRB special counsel Paul Starkey expressed surprise and annoyance that the workers would dare to visit the secretive board’s fortified offices. The big issues: ALRB member Genevieve Shiroma’s conflicts of interests, and the expenditure of $10 million to suppress Gerawan farmworkers’ ballots to decertify the UFW. “We went to…

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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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