UFW membership has shrunk to 5,580 paying members nationwide

The United Farm Workers has allowed its membership to shrink to a tiny fraction of what it was. This has crippled UFW’s ability to stay solvent to defend worker rights. UFW’s official dues-paying membership is now only 5,580 people in the entire United States, according to the Los Angeles Times. There are more than 700,000 farmworkers in the state of California alone. Even if all paid UFW members were in California, the entire membership would represent only 0.79 percent of…

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Like a plague of locusts, UFW lays waste to blueberry farm

This was once a thriving blueberry farm that employed hundreds of people. The UFW unionized the workers last May. UFW claimed that $17 an hour wasn’t enough money to pick berries. Now the Klein farm in McFarland is closing down. This picture shows all that’s left of the once-productive blueberry fields. Supported by The Militant and other groups, the UFW backed a strike the day after Klein Management announced a reduction in the piece rate for every pound of blueberries harvested. Blueberry…

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Activist admits Latinos have no national spokesperson

A Latino Lives Matter activist admits that nobody acts as a voice for Latinos at the national level. This doesn’t surprise us, of course, because there is no credible spokesman in the state of California. The United Farm Workers (UFW) claims to represent working Latinos, but it doesn’t. UFW’s total membership equals only 1% of California farmworkers, so for the union to claim to represent farmworkers is to stretch the truth. Writing in the Los Angeles Daily News, activist Randy…

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UFW is the new One Percent

The UFW has organized only 1 percent of farmworkers in California and is deficient in many ways. Yet it’s moving its operations offshore to Mexico and Central America to organize cheap labor for big business like Costco. Farmworkers are being sold out. What about the other 99 percent? With its membership just a fraction of what it was and almost no organizing in California fields, the United Farm Workers has begun moving its operations offshore to provide its partner Costco…

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By its own figures, UFW represents only 1% of farmworkers

It’s official. By the UFW’s own figures, it is part of the 1%. We are the 99%. The UFW claims to have only about 10,000 members. UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta now says that there are “more than one million California farm workers.” Ten thousand is 1 percent of one million. Pick Justice is the 99 percent. End of argument.

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How can UFW represent farmworkers, when it has so few members?

How can a group with a tiny membership claim to represent the vast majority who are not members? Somehow the UFW does it. By some counts, the UFW represents less than 1 percent of California’s farmworkers. The UFW claims only 10,000 members, at most. And even that number is dubious, since it represents a spike that doubled membership in just a year – the same year the UFW claimed to represent the 5,000 or so Gerawan farmworkers who were trying…

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UFW pays millions to itself & cronies, and ZERO for its dues-paying members

The United Farm Workers (UFW) pays millions of dollars a year to its executives, employees, lawyers, and political cronies in Sacramento. This is why ALRB is fighting so hard to force workers to pay 3% of their income – to feed the Sacramento political machine. The UFW spends almost $4 million a year on lobbyists, lawyers, and politicians. How much does it spend on educational activities and strike benefits for its dues-paying members? ZERO. The UFW doesn’t even provide a…

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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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Legal magazine shows ALRB compensates for UFW’s lazy organizing

The UFW and ALRB are in a mess of their own making, and the fightback they’ve been getting from growers and anti-union workers has threatened the legacy of ALRB Chairman William B. Gould IV. Hiding behind an in-house attorney, UFW President Arturo Rodriguez refused to give an interview with California Lawyer for the story. Farmer Dan Gerawan spoke freely to the legal publication, despite pending litigation. So did ALRB Chairman Gould, who previously rebuffed reporters’ questions about Gerawan, citing pending litigation.…

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ALRB can double UFW’s payroll by taking Gerawan workers’ 3%

By forcing Gerawan farm workers to pay 3 percent of their gross wages to the union, the ALRB would be able to double the UFW’s annual payroll. In documents it filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, UFW reported that it has an annual payroll of $3.2 million. Some of its top executives have been on the UFW payroll for 40 years or more – guaranteed jobs for life. By forcing an estimated 5,000 Gerawan farm laborers to pay 3…

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