Without admitting it cheated its own workers, UFW settles $1.3 million case

The UFW has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a case filed by its own workers. The union is not admitting that it cheated it workers, as the employees alleged. The settlement, which is not final, avoids paying a potential $2 million court judgment. The step is important because it shows that the iconic UFW can no longer act with impunity. It also reveals that the UFW leadership has been so irresponsible with its stewardship of members’ dues, that…

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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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UFW calls $7.50 a day a ‘dignified wage’

UFW President Arturo Rodriguez is bragging that his union will raise farmworkers’ salaries by a whopping 50 percent in 5 years. But not in California. Rodriguez and UFW Vice President Erik Nicholson were in Nicaragua this week to push for the 50 percent raise for local farmworkers in the mountains of Matagalpa. A fifty percent raise sounds like a lot. But in Nicaragua, it’s very little, which is why the UFW didn’t attach a dollar figure to its work the…

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Full text of what ALRB judge said about UFW VP Armando Elenes

Even though the ALRB shows incestuous partiality toward the UFW, its administrative “judge,” Mark Soble, doesn’t think much of the union’s vice president, Armando Elenes. Soble also noted the high stakes for the union in forcing Gerawan workers into an ALRB-imposed UFW contract. The ALRB judge noted that the UFW was concerned that its “smallness” contrasted badly with the many thousands of workers at Gerawan. “Most probably Elenes was concerned about conceding the smallness of existing UFW membership, especially in…

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UFW VP ‘Chilito’ Elenes: Credible to attack Gerawan, but otherwise a liar, Soble says

UFW Vice President Armando Elenes is a liar, but is a reliable witness against Gerawan employers and workers, according to the ALRB’s own administrative law judge. Elenes is the UFW vice president who “was in charge of running” the union organizing campaign among Gerawan workers in 2012-13. That reference, on page 42, is used to attack Gerawan. Buried further into the ruling is ALRB administrative law judge Mark R. Soble’s reiteration of a September 2015 ruling in which he called…

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UFW can’t save its own workers’ jobs as grape operation shuts down

With no money put away to help its members who have lost their jobs, the UFW has shown once again that it is incapable of taking care of the people it claims to represent. UFW Vice President Armando Elenes said that the union has known about Gerawan Farming reducing its grape production for a year, yet the union has done nothing to help the workers prepare for that day. “We’ve known for about a year now that they were going…

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UFW uses fake numbers & lies to ALRB to hide “smallness” of the union

A California administrative judge called out the United Farm Workers for faking its membership numbers, and for lying in testimony to conceal “the smallness of existing UFW membership.” Judge Mark R. Soble of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), said that UFW National Vice President Armando Elenes was “lying” when he said he couldn’t even estimate the paid membership of the declining union. The United Farm Workers has exaggerated its membership on its filings with the U.S. Department of Labor,…

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Judge says UFW VP “Elenes was lying”

United Farm Workers Vice President Armando Elenes was “lying” to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board during testimony against Gerawan Farming, an ALRB judge has found. “I reach the inescapable conclusion that Elenes was lying” during his testimony, ALRB Administrative Law Judge Mark R. Soble stated in his 192-page ruling. “As a result, for me, this seriously undermined the credibility of Elenes as to his other answers.” In that same ruling, Soble said that the 2013 ballots of Gerawan farmworkers to decertify the…

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