Four years and not counting: ALRB still denies us voting rights

This week marks four years since the State of California denied thousands of farmworkers the voting rights that they are guaranteed under the law. It was this week in 2013 that the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) – after trying to prevent them from voting – finally supervised a vote among Gerawan farmworkers to de-certify the UFW as their organized labor representative. The workers made a huge turnout to cast ballots to get rid of the UFW as their…

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Full text of Shawver’s unsubstantiated denial that he was ‘fired in disgrace’ for ‘misconduct’

ALRB assistant general counsel Silas Shawver provided no evidence to refute the allegation that he had been fired in 2015. Here is the full text of his August 2, 2017 letter to Pick Justice in which he demanded we remove the offending material. “Dear Mr. Rojas, “This is Silas Shawver. We have met on at least one occasion in the past. I understand that you manage the pickjustice.com website and that you are responsible and/or have control over its content.…

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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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Farmworkers tell lawmakers that ALRB’s Isadore Hall threatened to ‘get them’

With no union to stand up for them, farmworkers trekked back to Sacramento to plead with lawmakers for help against threats from a politicized government agency. Pick Justice leader Silvia Lopez organized the San Joaquin Valley workers to the State Capitol and ask assembly members for support against the abusive state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). “ALRB member Isadore Hall threatened ‘to get’ us because we opposed him being the board,” Lopez said. “So we handed out flyers. They described…

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Court says government can ban workers from meetings to force contracts on them

The State of California has the right to prevent farmworkers from observing government meetings where decisions are made to force contracts on them, a court has ruled. “The secretive Agricultural Labor Relations Board has the right to prevent us from observing while government officials and UFW operatives force an “agreement” on farmworkers while denying us the right to vote,” Pick Justice leader Silvia Lopez said of the June 26 Fresno superior court decision. In a a news release, employer Gerawan…

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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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Crony corruption: The Isadore Hall story

Here’s our latest YouTube video. It’s about Isadore Hall, the latest example of California’s crony corruption. As a state politician, Hall marched with the UFW. When he ran for Congress, the UFW supported Hall’s campaign. When Hall lost – amid allegations of political corruption – Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. His job?  To supervise UFW control of farmworkers. Take a look. #IsadoreHall

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Forced labor: Gould confirmed what we knew about his agenda

When he quit last week, ALRB Chairman William Gould revealed a lot of his vision for the troubled state agency. He said, in essence, that the ALRB should force labor unions on farmworkers. In his resignation letter to Governor Jerry Brown, Gould confirmed what we suspected all along: He wanted ALRB to be a government unionization enforcer. Gould made it clear that he wanted ALRB to be a unionization tool, and not an impartial farmworker advocate between unions and employers.…

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Genevieve Shiroma, new ALRB chair, brings record of ethics problems & mismanagement

Instead of reaching outside ALRB for competent leadership, Governor Jerry Brown has promoted new mismanagement from within: Genevieve Shiroma. “I am absolutely an honorable person,” Shiroma insisted to the state Senate during her confirmation hearing for an unprecedented fourth term last summer. Not everybody agrees. Last spring, California Labor Secretary David Lanier agreed with a state audit that found the ALRB to be a wasteful, abusive, unaccountable organization. We reported that Lanier’s assessment was an indictment of scandal-plagued ALRB member Genevieve Shiroma.…

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Conflicts of interest plague ALRB appointee Isadore Hall

Conflicts of interest plague Isadore Hall, the unemployed politician recently named to the ALRB. Judging by the angry resignation of ALRB Chairman William B. Gould IV, Hall’s appointment offends even him. Here are some of Hall’s conflicts of interest at this early stage: UFW endorsement. During his failed congressional bid, Hall received and accepted the political support of the United Farm Workers, showing his bias in favor of the UFW. Outgoing ALRB Chairman Gould recently slammed the UFW for having…

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