Prominent ag columnist calls ALRB dishonest, cheating, & bordering on ‘criminal misrepresentation’

SHAME: William Gould IV, the ALRB chairman, should be ashamed of his "criminal misrepresentation"

“For anybody with the integrity to view the circumstances honestly the status of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is truly astounding in its embrace of dishonesty, partiality and cheating,” Don Curlee wrote in the Agricultural Action Committee’s newsletter, Ag Accent. “The prevailing status at the ALRB level has exceeded intellectual and political favoritism, and descended to a level that approaches criminal misrepresentation,” Curlee wrote in the May 15 edition.…

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Workers “never” have a right to witness mediation, California says

The Brown administration and ALRB are fighting to maintain government secrecy in farmworker mediation.

California farmworkers have “never” had a “right” to witness the labor mediation processes that determine their wages and work conditions. That’s what a top lawyer for Governor Jerry Brown argued in court. Pick Justice held a spirited protest outside the courthouse. Agricultural labor mediation has been and should remain secret and behind closed doors, Deputy Attorney General Nelson Richards told a three-judge panel. “It has never been a right” for…

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Judge again says ALRB and UFW colluded on litigation strategy

ALRB General Counsel Sylvia Torres Guillen, with the UFW leadership, celebrates the union's 50th anniversary at a May 2012 event.

The ALRB Office of General Counsel and Regional Director colluded with the UFW during the case against Gerawan farmworkers seeking to de-certify the UFW, the ALRB’s own administrative jaw judge has found. “[T]he record should make clear, should the General Counsel and UFW attempt to characterize their litigation strategy as completely independent, that portrayal would be inaccurate,” ALRB administrative law Judge Mark R. Soble said. Soble’s comments are buried in…

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With whistleblower scandal brewing, ALRB throws Sylvia Torres-Guillen under the bus

The ALRB's ruling throws Sylvia Torres-Guillen under the bus. Looks like her future as a state judge is history.

While taking the UFW line to destroy the Gerawan farmworkers’ ballots, the ALRB drove a judicial stake through the heart of its disgraced ex-general counsel, Sylvia Torres-Guillen. In so doing, the ALRB cleared Gerawan of illegally instigating the anti-union activity. But that didn’t stop the Board from skewering the farmer and workers. It appears to be a preemptive strike to soften the damage of an ongoing investigation of ALRB negligence, revealed last…

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How the ALRB uses UFW agents to take false actions against critics

ALRB is still reeling from the whistleblower who exposed collusion with UFW provocateur to justify litigation.

The ALRB is in a lot of trouble right now because of a whistleblower who came forward to expose corruption among the UFW loyalists on the board’s staff. Instead of coming clean, the ALRB has circled the wagons to hide information from the public. Since the exposure last year, the ALRB has been secretive and not responding to questions from reporters. It all reeks of a cover-up – and with fake…

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List uncovered of ALRB employees celebrating UFW 50th convention

PickJustice has uncovered the official list of ALRB officials and employees who celebrated the United Farm Workers’ 50th anniversary convention in 2012. Their participation at the UFW 50 gala event provides further evidence of the Board’s institutional bias in favor of the union and against employers – contrary to the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act. The minutes of the ALRB’s meeting on May 22, 2012, contain the list of ALRB…

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Superior Court tells ALRB to hand over whistleblower documents to Gerawan

ALRB loses yet another court decision to Gerawan over forced unionization case.

Handing the board yet another judicial bludgeoning, a Sacramento Superior Court told the ALRB to surrender some of its internal whistleblower documents to Gerawan Farming. The “tentative decision” opens up the possibility that the ALRB might be an unconstitutional entity. According to Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley: “Due process requires the internal separation of prosecutorial and advisory functions. It is a violation of the constitutional right to due process of…

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

ALRB General Counsel Sylvia Torres Guillen, with the UFW leadership, celebrates the union's 50th anniversary at a May 2012 event.

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…

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