Marc Grossman used to fight for farmworkers. Now he fights against them.

Decades ago, with César Chávez, Marc Grossman invested his life fighting for farmworkers. Now, in the twilight of his career, Marc Grossman is fighting against farmworkers. He’s even serving as a spokesman to help defeat farmworkers in court. And he trash-talks farmworkers whom the UFW abandoned decades ago, calling their concerns “bogus.” It’s a sad story about a man who had devoted his life to improving the well-being of the very hard-working agricultural laborers in California. Like the UFW itself,…

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UFW spokesman says our concerns are a ‘bogus issue’

Gerawan workers who say that the UFW abandoned them for 20 years are pushing a “bogus issue,” UFW spokesman Marc Grossman says. On the steps of the California Supreme Court, Grossman told California Ag Today that our complaints about the UFW have no merit. Yet he insists that the UFW is the true representative of Gerawan workers. Grossman would not speak to Pick Justice outside the courthouse, even though he claims to represent all Gerawan workers. He watched our protest,…

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UFW pulls down fake petition after we expose it on Twitter as phony

The United Farm Workers removed a fake petition against Gerawan and its employees after Pick Justice exposed the petition as  phony. UFW circulated the false story of someone claiming to be a Gerawan worker, to fool people into signing an online petition. The fake UFW petition went out on Twitter and by email on Wednesday, August 23. No such person The story, supposedly by a worker named Guadalupe Martinez, struck us as false. It said things that we knew weren’t…

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Court slaps another $770,000 judgment on UFW

A real California judge slapped the UFW with another $770,000 judgment, raising the total levied against the floundering union to $2 million. Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills ordered the UFW to pay a law firm $770,000 in legal fees after finding the UFW guilty of defrauding its own workers. Earlier, the court ordered UFW to pay $1.2 million in damages to the UFW’s former employees whom it had cheated. In his ruling, Judge Wills said, “the Court has…

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Cesar Chavez Foundation fired woman who complained of discrimination & harassment, suit alleges

The Cesar Chavez Foundation fired its communications executive after she complained of discrimination, sexual harassment, and a range of other abuses. a new lawsuit alleges. CCF management may have been involved with “improper and unethical financial dealings,” made disparaging and “sexist” comments to demean UFW veteran Dolores Huerta and homophobic comments against gays, according to the suit. Jessica Estrella filed suit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against the CCF and its chairman and president, Paul F. Chavez, alleging “retaliation,…

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Fresno Bee picks up on our WikiLeaks story about secret UFW deal against workers

The Fresno Bee has picked up on our story about how WikiLeaks released an email about a secret deal between the UFW and Hillary Clinton to smash our farmworker movement. “Hillary Clinton agreed to help United Farm Workers in its conflict with Fresno-based Gerawan Farming, according to internal campaign emails exposed this week by WikiLeaks,” Andrea Castillo reports in the Bee. “The Clinton campaign, however, is questioning the veracity of all the WikiLeaks emails, and held a conference call Friday…

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UFW sexism and homophobia drove lesbian organizer out of union

Many union organizers have objected to the United Farm Workers’ old-boy network that they say marginalizes women, indigenous people, and political progressives. They’ve kept their complaints quiet for fear of upsetting the political establishment in Sacramento. Those politicians, led by Senator Kevin de Leon and Governor Jerry Brown, have pretended not to notice the UFW’s backwardness. But some organizers have been vocal. A lesbian Indigenous former UFW organizer writes that she experienced an atmosphere of sexism, discrimination, and homophobia among…

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

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. Even so, that’s no excuse for Costco to remain silent…

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

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 wonders why the UFW and SIEU didn’t immediately denounce the…

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Why are UFW & ALRB purposely wrecking non-UFW jobs?

It’s pretty clear now that the UFW and ALRB are deliberately trying to deprive non-UFW workers of their livelihoods. The UFW and ALRB are trying to sabotage the jobs of California farmworkers who earn the highest wages in the industry. The UFW and ALRB targeted the Gerawan workers who dared vote in 2013 to decertify the UFW – and then the ALRB refused to count the workers’ votes. They targeted the Gerawan Farming employer who dared pay the workers the…

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How to make a big scandal out of a non issue

Apart from making a lot of noise, the dying UFW can’t (or won’t) do much to help farmworkers. Its membership has crashed from more than 50,000 to less than 5,000.  The UFW can’t (or won’t) fight for better pay. The ALRB’s own chairman admits that UFW organizing in California “has completely disappeared.” He even acknowledges that most California farmworkers don’t want unions. So it’s understandable that, to detract from its failures – and make it look relevant – the UFW will…

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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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Farmworker demands probe of UFW unfair labor practices

The farmworker who has led the fight for her fellow laborers to have the right to vote on union representation is calling for a probe of the UFW’s unfair labor practices. Seldom is a union accused of unfair labor practices, but farmworker Silvia Lopez isn’t taking it any more. The San Joaquin Valley fruit farm laborer also alleges that the ALRB has silenced workers who oppose the UFW in order to protect the politically-connected union. “Part of the challenge for…

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Gould admits ALRB might not be able to separate its probes from union advocacy

Agricultural employers have a “legitimate concern” that the ALRB might not be able to “firewall” its investigations from its “education” of workers to accept union contracts, the ALRB’s own chairman admits. “I think that is a legitimate concern, and it’s something we want to make sure is addressed in the final rule” later this year, ALRB chief William B. Gould IV tells the Los Angeles Times. In January, Gould publicly acknowledged that during his two years as chairman of the…

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