Chaos swirls around ALRB as Isadore Hall’s wrongdoing spins out of control

The Isadore Hall controversy spun out of control today, driving the secretive Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) swirling into the muck. Everything fell apart March 14. That’s when Central Valley’s popular KMJ radio host Ray Appleton brought Senator Andy Vidak on his show. Vidak explained how Hall had intimidated and threatened witnesses who were going to speak out in the Senate the next day against his ALRB appointment. Then, in a surprise to listeners, a witness to Hall’s February 28 threats called…

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Shiroma should be disqualified from serving on ALRB, farmworker says in complaint

Long-standing ALRB board member Genevieve Shiroma (@GenShiroma) is too tied in with the UFW and a prominent UFW lobbyist, and should be disqualified from serving another term, a farmworker alleges. Silvia Lopez, who has led a farmworker revolt in the San Joaquin Valley against the ALRB-UFW attempt to force a contract on the workers against their will, makes the allegation in a complaint filed earlier this week. Lopez’s attorney lays out Shiroma’s rap sheet, showing that ALRB’s credibility as a…

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Former ALRB judge called present ALRB lawyer Arciniega a ‘union agent’

A legal activist once described by an ALRB judge as a “union agent” is now a top ALRB attorney. “And with the recent shakeups in the ALRB general counsel’s office that resulted in the sackings and sudden resignations of top lawyers, people are wondering why Arciniega remains on the job,” Katy Grimes writes in Flash Report. “The lawyer has come a long way since getting her law degree as an ‘apprentice’ of longtime UFW lawyer Barbara Macri-Ortiz, who in fact…

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UFW organizer coached workers to lie to discredit de-certification vote

A former UFW organizer has testified in court that he coached Gerawan farmworkers to lie in order to undermine the vote to de-certify the union. The organizer said he died so on instructions from the union’s leadership. The former union organizer reportedly is in hiding for fear of retaliation from the UFW and the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). “The ALRB used lies manufactured by the UFW labor union to put a halt to the Gerawan farm workers’ efforts…

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