Secretive Silas Shawver denies he was ‘fired in disgrace from ALRB’

Silas Shawver, the ALRB assistant general counsel who tried to prevent Gerawan workers from voting to de-certify the UFW, denies he had been “fired in disgrace from ALRB.” In an email to Pick Justice, Shawver claimed that the characterization that he was “fired in disgrace from ALRB in 2015 for misconduct” is “completely false.” He offered no proof of his claim. Shawver was linked to the whistleblower scandal in the Visalia office that he directed. He left ALRB under a…

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New ALRB executive secretary is from UFW activist camp

The ALRB lurched further than ever from its legally mandated neutrality today when it named a pro-UFW activist lawyer as its new executive secretary. Santiago Avila-Gomez succeeds longtime ALRB executive secretary J. Antonio Barbosa effective today. While Barbosa seemed like a fair and impartial man personally, we never knew of him taking a stand to keep ALRB “impartial” as the law requires. Still, he was of the ALRB old school where, at one time, the 99% of California farmworkers who…

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Industry looks at ALRB-UFW’s ‘increasingly complex quagmire’

The State of California and the UFW have created a “continuing, increasingly complex quagmire that masquerades as protecting California farm workers’ rights,” an industry publication reports. California Ag Today is on part 4 of a revealing series of articles called “Who Safeguards CA Farm Workers’ Rights?” The answer, according to the article, is that the state agency empowered to protect farmworkers’ rights isn’t doing its job at all. The Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), created in 1975, has become an artificial life…

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Isadore Hall says he thinks we’re all a bunch of ‘motherf***ers’

Next Dimension Bible College graduate Isadore Hall spewed a hateful torrent of filth against farmworkers, calling us a bunch of “motherf***ers.” A witness has come forward who swore that Hall threatened to “get” us for making videos that criticized him. “Well those motherf***ers made a video about me, and I am going to get their ass,” Hall told the witness at a February 28 encounter. Hall was referring to the videos that we made here at Pick Justice. He made…

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Journalists must understand difference between ALRB’s ‘judge’ and a real judge

News reports about an ALRB administrative ruling show a misunderstanding about a big issue: The difference between ALRB’s enforcement for the UFW, and a real decision by a real judge in a real court of law. Some of the reports confused the UFW, which represents less than 1% of farmworkers in California, with all or most farmworkers. Some of the reporting was just sloppy reporting. Some of it was good reporting, with misleading headlines added by a lazy editor. At…

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Fresno Bee column says ALRB and UFW are “partners in crime”

A Fresno Bee column says out loud what a lot of people in the Central Valley have been saying quietly to themselves but seldom out loud: The ALRB and UFW are “partners in crime.” It starts out with a tough question: “When you have a union and a labor board both being sued by former employees for unjust treatment, how can either be expected to deliver their promises of justice to California’s field workers?” Guest writers Tal Cloud and Matt…

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Fresno County officially recognizes ALRB abuse of farmworkers

In a historic gesture of solidarity, the County of Fresno has officially recognizes that the ALRB has been abusing thousands of farmworkers. The County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation designating March 28, 2017 as “Dignity and Right for Valley Farmworkers Day.” Pick Justice leader Silvia Lopez and other movement leaders joined the elected officials who signed the proclamation. This recognition, three days before César Chávez Day, reads like an indictment of the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). The…

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Isadore Hall & ALRB don’t deny witness threat, LA Times reports

ALRB appointee Isadore Hall and the ALRB itself declined to deny to the Los Angeles Times that Hall had intimidated and threatened witnesses. Reporter Patrick McGreevy asked Hall and the ALRB to comment on Senator Andy Vidak’s allegations that Hall committed a crime on February 28 when he intimidated and threatened witnesses opposed to his Senate confirmation to the board. Instead, the Los Angeles Times reports, Hall “declined to comment.” But Hall didn’t even speak to the reporter. He hid…

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Isadore Hall unleashes ‘obscenity-laced tirade’ at critics & threatens to abuse his authority to ‘get’ them

ALRB board designate Isadore Hall unleashed an “obscenity-laced tirade” at his critics and threatened to abuse his authority to “get” them, a state senator said in an open letter. Hall made the threatening rant in the Hyatt hotel in Sacramento the night before his March 1 confirmation hearing. The threats underscore Pick Justice’s concerns that Hall, who led a UFW march opposing farmworkers who voted to de-certify the union, is incapable of serving as an impartial farmworker advocate. Senator sent…

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Make $142,000 a year part-time with no experience: The Isadore Hall story

Easy Money: Los Angeles Times editors call Isadore Hall‘s ALRB job part of the “shameful” and “loathsome” crony culture of California politics. Our video shows how the Isadore Hall got a six-figure, part-time, taxpayer-funded job to supervise farmworkers, even though the LA Times says he’s unqualified. Hall is a loyal tool of the UFW union, and he’ll use his office to exploit farmworkers for political gain. Screen shots from our Isadore Hall “That’s California, Folks!” video  

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Los Angeles Times: Isadore Hall on ALRB is part of ‘shameful’ & ‘loathsome’ crony system

Isadore Hall’s appointment to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board is a symptom of what the Los Angeles Times editorial board calls the state’s “shameful” and “loathsome” crony politics. “What does a career politician from urban Los Angeles County know about the state’s agricultural industry?” the Times asked, echoing not only farmers but farmworkers, too. “The concern about experience is reasonable,” the Times editorial board said. “This quasi-judicial board rules on workplace disputes over allegedly unfair labor practices and other complaints, some brought…

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Isadore Hall lied to senators about wanting to hear all sides

The very moment ALRB-designate Isadore Hall promised senators that he wanted to hear all sides in agricultural labor controversies, he was blocking Pick Justice from his own Twitter page. Here are excerpts of Hall’s testimony to senators at his March 2 confirmation hearing: “I will be a fair and just member of the board.” “My deep desire to be fair and just” on ALRB. Hall said he wanted “lack of bias” on ALRB concerning farmworkers and employers. Then he laughed.…

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Pick Justice shows up in force to oppose Isadore Hall for ALRB

Pick Justice members outnumbered UFW supporters two-to-one at the state Senate hearing to confirm politician Isadore Hall to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Our leader Silvia Lopez, a farmworker at Gerawan Farming, eloquently told senators why Hall is unfit to be an impartial member of the ALRB, which is required to be an unbiased advocate of farmworkers. The hearing took place on March 1. When Gerawan farmworkers were pleading with officials to pressure the ALRB to count their votes to…

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Time to for FBI to bust ALRB-UFW racket? One lawmaker thinks so

The state of California has become so corrupt, with workers having almost nowhere to turn to escape the ALRB-UFW protection racket, that it’s time to call in the FBI. That’s what Assemblyman Jim Patterson told KMJ radio host Ray Appleton today. This really changes things. A 30-year employee of the ALRB in Visalia revealed systematic corruption inside the agency to force workers to join the UFW. “What this whistleblower has said,” Patterson explained, “is that the ALRB as a racket…

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