State Fair exhibit pushes fake narrative about farmworkers

The California State Fair is promoting a fake narrative about the state’s hard-working farmworkers. For the first time in 164 years, the hugely popular State Fair has an exhibit honoring farmworkers. But one look at the exhibit shows it’s just a PR job for the UFW. No one can deny the achievements that the UFW made for farmworkers under its founder, César Chávez. Those achievements deserve commemoration. But the UFW has achieved nothing significant since Chávez died 24 years ago.…

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For first time in 164 years, farmworkers get State Fair exhibit, & UFW can’t say what it’s doing now

The UFW blew its historic debut at the California State Fair. For the first time in the fair’s 164-year history, farmworkers got an exhibit. But the UFW, which is running the exhibit and controlling the narrative, can’t say what it’s doing for farmworkers today. The exhibit is devoted to the “historical legacy” – not of California’s farmworkers – but of the UFW and its founders from two generations ago. It has to be that way, because the UFW can’t boast…

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‘This is a disgrace for the union,’ mushroom worker says about UFW

The UFW is trying to persuade its members at Monterey Mushrooms that they should accept a huge pay cut down to minimum wage of $10.50 an hour. “This is a disgrace for the union,” worker leader Edith Ruiz told KION-TV in Spanish. KION operates channels 5 and 46 as a CBS affiliate. “The union and the company are hand-in-hand against us,” said mushroom worker José Guzmán. (“La unión y compañía están de la mano en contra de nosotros.”) “They pay…

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300 mushroom workers protest UFW; union in cahoots to slash wages

Hundreds of mushroom workers are rising up against the UFW, accusing the union of being in cahoots with the employer to slash workers’ wages. Edith Ruiz, a leader of 300 Monterey Mushrooms protesters, says that the UFW and the company want to cut the workers’ salaries almost in half – to minimum wage – and that the UFW is trying to convince the workers to go along. “We are demonstrating because they what to lower our salaries,” Ruiz told Stephanie…

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Alpine’s not-so-fresh asparagus: In cahoots with UFW

Alpine Fresh is a Florida-based agriculture company that’s in league with the UFW, even though its workers are not UFW members. Teaming up with big agribusiness and retailers – apparently in exchange for not unionizing their workers – the UFW is bringing in a new source of cash and credibility to what is otherwise a dying union. That scheme is called the Equitable Food Initiative, a Washington, D.C.-based pressure group chaired by UFW Vice President Erik Nicholson. EFI’s coalition includes Houweling’s…

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LA Times treats UFW and UFW front as two separate groups

The Los Angeles Times is treating the UFW one of its front organizations as two separate groups. In a January 12 story on produce standards in Mexico, the Times quoted UFW Vice President Erik Nicholson as a critic. That’s proper journalism. But the Times then quoted someone from the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) as a separate authority – without disclosing that UFW VP Nicholson is Chairman of EFI. That’s sloppy journalism. To put it kindly. EFI says it’s to help…

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UFW chief laughs with Houweling CEO at big industry convention

UFW can’t get worker support, so it’s kissing up to farmers, who give something juicy in return. United Farm Workers President Arturo Rodriguez acted like a big industry CEO at the Delaware-based Produce Marketing Association‘s #FreshSummit in Orlando, Florida last week. Houweling’s Tomatoes let Arturo have a little squeeze, according to its Facebook page. In this picture, Arturo looks like he’s part of the industry now. Who does the UFW represent now – the farmworkers? Or the produce industry. His picture…

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