Secretive calendar says ALRB has nothing to do

Despite big budget and staff increases, the secretive ALRB has nothing to do. At least, that’s what the ALRB’s public events calendar is telling us. It’s blank. Of course, the ALRB is doing quite a bit right now, but it’s all in secret. The secretive ALRB has targeted farmworkers who won’t pay 3% of their income to the UFW. It’s busily trying to force farmworkers and employers into UFW contracts that neither the workers nor employers want. But all of…

Continue reading

California govt pulls down 2015 audit that found ALRB chronic waste & abuse

The California state government has pulled down electronic copies of a damning 2015 audit of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Like the Gerawan farmworkers ballots from the 2013 ALRB-supervised vote, the government has hidden the evidence. Pick Justice discovered the audit and published an article about it last year. We linked directly to the state website page that contained the audit. That page, http://www.dof.ca.gov/osae/audit_reports/documents/WEBFinalReport-AgriculturalLaborRelationsBoardPerformanceAudit.pdf, is dead. We also discovered that Labor Secretary David Lanier supported the findings of the audit in…

Continue reading

ALRB corruption is now a national story; Forbes suggests FBI probe

Cronyism and corruption in the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board is now a national story. Our cause to expose ALRB’s corruption has caused controversy in California for a long time. Now, from New York, one of the most influential financial publications in the world has taken interest. Forbes ran a piece today titled “Corruption and Collusion in California Labor Board.” The column, authored by Matthew Patterson, began bluntly: “If one of the FBI’s priorities is still to ‘combat public corruption at all…

Continue reading

De Leon: Isadore Hall’s witness threats are just ‘goofy conspiracy theories’

Digging in his heels to shield Isadore Hall, California’s top senator dismissed allegations that the ALRB appointee committed a crime when he threatened and intimidated witnesses. Senate President Kevin de Leon rejected Senator Andy Vidak’s call for an investigation into Hall’s “obscenity-laced, threatening tirade” against farmers set to testify against his appointment to the ALRB. A spokesman for de Leon brushed off the concerns as “goofy conspiracy theories.” Hall’s loud verbal attack on farmers with the California Fresh Fruit Association…

Continue reading

Congresswoman Barragan said Isadore Hall broke federal corruption law

Isadore Hall, who awaits Senate confirmation as the newest member of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), may have violated a federal campaign corruption law during his failed 2016 congressional campaign. Congresswoman Nanette Barragán first made the allegation last year, while running against Hall in the Democratic primary. The Los Angeles Times first reported the question – and Hall hasn’t answered it. Here’s what the Times reported: “His [Hall’s] primary opponent Nanette Barragán, an attorney and former member of the Hermosa Beach…

Continue reading

Shawver in ethical dilemma as ALRB-UFW lawyer

Silas Shawver, the UFW militant who left the ALRB in disgrace last year, only to be secretly rehired this fall, is in an ethical dilemma as ALRB Deputy General Counsel. Shawver is: a UFW loyalist; a state official sworn to be impartial while advocating for farmworkers; the seniormost state official who tried to prevent Gerawan farmworkers from voting to decertify the UFW in 2013; the state official who prevented the farmworkers’ votes from being counted, and locked them in a…

Continue reading

ALRB pushes fake UFW line about the employer it targeted

The California Agricultural Labor Relations Board is pushing a fake UFW line to attack a company and its workers. The state agency, known as ALRB, lied in claiming that Gerawan Farming “refused to provide” accurate contact information for its thousands of workers, so that the UFW could organize. In a three-year campaign to prevent Gerawan farmworkers from voting to de-certify the UFW, the ALRB made the allegation in three separate complaints. However, the ALRB flip-flopped by saying that the company:…

Continue reading

UFW activist Shawver not listed on public version of ALRB staff directory

The ALRB has not listed Deputy General Counsel Silas Shawver on the public version of its staff directory, raising more questions about why the agency remains so secretive. Shawver is a United Farm Workers (UFW) activist attorney who was removed from ALRB in 2015, after Governor Jerry Brown purged the ALRB General Counsel’s office for possibly illegal bias toward a favored union. The activist lawyer has been gunning against farmworkers who don’t want to recognize the UFW as their labor…

Continue reading

Now THAT’s collective bargaining! Court unanimously sides with workers and employer

In a remarkable show of how employers and workers can work together against government secrecy, a three-judge panel unanimously struck down a California secrecy law as unconstitutional. A top lawyer for Governor Jerry Brown had told the Fifth Court of Appeal in Fresno that workers should “never” be parties to the process. The United Farm Workers (UFW) did nothing to help the workers it claimed to represent, and instead sided with the Sacramento establishment. Here is a press release issued by Gerawan Farming, the…

Continue reading

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

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 UFW provocateurs in cahoots with its lawyers, it’s easy to…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading