UFW back-stabs its most loyal lawmaker, Kevin de Leon

Nobody in the California state legislature has been more loyal to the UFW than Senator Kevin de Leon. De Leon demonstrated his “Sí se puede” loyalty to the extreme in the state Senate. All for nothing. Just before De Leon officially announced that he would challenge 84 year-old establishment US Senator Dianne Feinstein next year, the UFW rushed to become the first union to back De Leon’s rival. Feinstein is a US Senator who represents California in Washington, DC. She…

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Liar: Documents show ALRB’s Isadore Hall knew about Gerawan case before he denied it

Documents show that ALRB member Isadore Hall knew about the Gerawan farm and farmworker controversy well before the eve of his March 1 confirmation, when he claimed to know nothing about the company. The discrepancy, discovered by GV Wire, raises further questions about Hall’s truthfulness and his legal mandate to remain impartial in farmworker labor disputes. In a February 28 altercation with farm executives the night before his confirmation hearing, Hall insulted and threatened to use ALRB power to “get”…

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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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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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New brochure describes Isadore Hall’s cronyism

A new brochure is circulating that describes Isadore Hall’s cronyism and explains why he should be removed from the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board. “Isadore Hall marched to oppose thousands of immigrant farm workers – The exact same farm workers he will judge daily at ALRB,” the brochure says. We at Pick Justice produced the flyer. Click here for a PDF: Isadore_Hall_Confirmation-Hearing_Flyer_v8 “Isadore Hall and fake farm workers march to demand that an unconstitutional ‘contract’ be forced on THOUSANDS of REAL…

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Isadore Hall evades questions; hides behind ALRB lawyer

During a break in a rare ALRB meeting, Isadore Hall avoided questions and told a reporter to talk to the ALRB lawyer. David Taub of GV Wire tried to ask Hall some questions on May 22, but Hall wouldn’t take any. “We don’t give interviews, so. You should talk to our legal counsel, okay,” Hall told Taub. Hall has evaded facing reporters since he threatened witnesses Hall has evaded the press since his February 28 threats against witnesses scheduled to…

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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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ALRB cancels board meeting after witness comes forward against Isadore Hall

Minutes after a witness went public against Isadore Hall, the ALRB canceled its May 11 board meeting, claiming that an unnamed board member was “ill.” The witness – who is anonymous out of fear that the ALRB will retaliate against him or his employer – told of his encounter with Hall on February 28, the night before Hall’s Senate confirmation hearing to be an ALRB board member. State Senator Andy Vidak was the first to make public comment on the…

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Senate chief Kevin de Leon: ‘Nothing unseemly’ is going on here

Allegations of “cronyism” have gotten under Senate leader Kevin de Leon’s skin. He didn’t like how critics of former senator Isadore Hall – the subject of heated Senate debate for ALRB confirmation – said that Hall’s appointment reeked of cronyism. “The word cronyism is highly misplaced at this moment,” de Leon said on the Senate floor April 20. “It is not being used properly. It gives that perception to the larger public that something unseemly is happening,” he said. For…

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Amid ugly acrimony, state Senate approves Isadore Hall for ALRB post

Amid heated allegations of state cronyism and racism, the California state Senate voted along party lines to confirm Isadore Hall to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). The bitter floor statements featured those who viewed Hall’s appointment to ALRB as an effort by Governor Jerry Brown to keep a political crony financially viable. Last year, Hall lost a congressional campaign to Rep. Nanette Barragán. A Democrat from Los Angeles, Barragán called Hall a crook. Critics of Hall’s ALRB appointment, led by Senator…

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Whistleblower at ALRB becomes national news

The ALRB’s Isadore Hall fiasco has turned an obscure subject of the California agricultural industry into a national story about California crony corruption. Among other things, it focused light on a 30-year ALRB employee who became a whistleblower to expose the board’s wrongdoing against farmworkers. What had been confined to the Central Valley area and occasionally got attention in Sacramento and Los Angeles suddenly became a national story. From New York, the financial news giant Forbes took note in a…

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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…

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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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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…

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