Farmworkers upset at Senator de Leon for blocking translations

Farmworkers from Pick Justice prepare to speak at the Senate hearing on June 20, but Senator de Leon wouldn't let them be heard in English.

Farmworkers are furious at Senator Kevin de Leon for blocking the translation of their public comments against ALRB board member Genevieve Shiroma. De Leon is famous for his insistence on bilingual and multilingual translations, but when it came to the Rules Committee hearing he chaired June 20 on Shiroma’s re-appointment, the Senate president would not allow it. A Pick Justice spokesman wrote to de Leon to express how upset the…

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Damaged goods: Costco joins UFW “equitable food” front group

Costco has teamed up with the UFW to certify its fresh produce.

In what promises to be a blow to its brand image, Costco has teamed up with a UFW front group to that will funnel money into the dying union and mislead customers into thinking that non-approved produce is “unsafe.” The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) is a Washington, DC-based lobby chaired by UFW Vice President Erik Nicholson. Costco is heavily involved with EFI. The Initiative’s board secretary, Preston Witt, is Costco’s…

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Shiroma, on defensive, insists she’s ‘absolutely an honorable person’

Shiroma not a crook

No longer able to hide from reporters and public scrutiny, ALRB board member Genevieve Shiroma had to face her accusers during her June 20 Senate confirmation hearing for another term. Senators repeatedly asked Shiroma about her bias toward the UFW, her financial and political relationship with UFW lobbyist Richie Ross, her political contributions to pro-UFW politicians, and her failure to account for ALRB spending to deny farmworkers the right to…

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Summary of Shiroma’s disastrous Senate confirmation hearing

Shiroma was the only one claiming she was unbiased. Republicans attacked her for her bias. Democrats praised her for it.

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…

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Equitable Food Initiative? Why won’t Costco denounce UFW assault on woman?

Costco and UFW, partners in the Equitable Food Initiative, won't denounce June 2, 2016 UFW assault on woman in San Jose.

Why won’t Costco denounce its partner, the UFW, for participating in the ugly assault on a San Jose woman last week? Costco and the UFW are co-founders of the “Equitable Food Initiative” to ensure “fairness” and “safety” for fresh produce. The Equitable Food Initiative looks more like a UFW protection racket, because growers and workers who don’t support the tiny, heavily politicized union, won’t get the Initiative’s seal of approval.…

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UFW takes 3% of members’ salaries so its leaders can ride in limos

Here’s a troubling picture: UFW leaders ride around in a stretch limousine while they push for the state to force workers to fork over 3% of their hard-earned income to the union. This is a real abuse of trust. The UFW leaders are so arrogant that they placed the union logo on the side. Pick Justice photographed the UFW limo on Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield, California, on May 28, 2016.

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UFW man joins mob assault on woman because of her political views

Woman attacked

A UFW man joined a mob of other men, laughing as they spat on her, threw garbage and eggs at her, and hurled other abuses at her – all because she supports a presidential candidate that they don’t like. The horrifying incident took place in San Jose on June 2. It became national news. SIEU members joined in on the attack. See the video from an NBC reporter. Pick Justice…

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Sacramento Bee’s fact-checker can’t get his facts right

The political fact-checker for the Sacramento Bee can’t get his facts right when critiquing an ad campaign against Senator Darrell Steinberg, who is running for mayor of the state capital. Ryan Lillis, who writes for the Bee’s PoliGRAPH feature to determine the truth or falsity of political ads, says that a mailing attacking Steinberg is “misleading” and “false.” Yet he can’t even get the name of a state agency right.…

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