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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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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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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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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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:…

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Summary of Shiroma’s disastrous Senate confirmation hearing

More information on Genevieve Shiroma’s disastrous performance before her California Senate Rules Committee confirmation hearing on June 20. We’ll have the transcripts soon: • Shiroma denied any bias toward the UFW, but none of the senators believed her. Republicans attacked Shiroma – and Democrats praised her – for her UFW bias. • Shiroma admitted everything that Pick Justice said about her long-term political and financial relationship with UFW lobbyist Richie Ross. Republicans attacked her for it, and Democrats praised her…

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ALRB staffer tells Senate why Shiroma shouldn’t be confirmed

In an unusual event, a staff member of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board went public before a state Senate committee to oppose Genevieve Shiroma for yet another term on the ALRB. Appearing nervous but speaking out bravely at the June 20 hearing, ALRB staff member Leslie Soule faced Shiroma, the Senate Rules Committee, and ALRB Chairman William Gould to accuse Shiroma of fostering an atmosphere of fear among the staff. Soule told senators of systematic bias toward the UFW among…

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LA Times report validates Pick Justice’s positions about UFW & ALRB

In an important article about the state government’s nullification of farmworkers’ votes, the Los Angeles Times validates many of Pick Justice’s positions over the past year. The Times made a lot of observations in its April 19 story that reinforce some of its previous reporting and corroborate Pick Justice’s positions: The UFW “was absent from Gerawan’s fields for more than 15 years.” The campaign to decertify the UFW is “the largest labor action in many years.” The ALRB “now finds itself spending…

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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…

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Judge gives Gerawan access to ALRB whistleblower documents

A state judge has granted Gerawan Farming access to internal ALRB documents that a whistleblower exposed as part of a conspiracy to wage a legal offensive against the fruit grower. According to Ag Accent, an industry newsletter, “the documents involve a whistleblower in the agency who witnessed preparation of materials that falsely accused Gerawan of terminating a worker for advocating support for the union, and encouraging other workers to vote to accept the union.” After making a tentative decision in…

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Superior Court tells ALRB to hand over whistleblower documents to Gerawan

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 law for an agency attorney acting as prosecutor to concurrently…

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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…

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