UFW VP: Shiroma’s political consultant is UFW’s ‘best ally’

UFW Vice President Irv Hershenbaum just provided more proof of why Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) member Genevieve Shiroma should be disqualified from making any decisions relating to the union. The union boss praised Shiroma’s longtime campaign consultant, Richie Ross, as the UFW’s “best ally.” See the screenshot. Publicizing a recent Sacramento Bee article about Ross on his private Facebook account, Hershenbaum wrote, “Enjoy this article. Nothing but the best for the United Farm Workers and Ritchie Ross is the…

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Happy Cesar Chavez Day: ALRB spends $10 million to deprive workers of voting rights

We pause on this year’s Cesar Chavez Day to reflect on the fact that, even in the 21st century, people in America are still denied their voting rights. The political elites in Sacramento continue to deny hard-working farm laborers the right to have their votes counted in accordance with state law. The following infographic, produced by the highest-paying labor employer in the state farming industry, tells the story. It’s a story of how the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is…

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Visalia Times-Delta: ALRB is destroying itself

“The Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is taking steps to destroy itself and the act that created it, the 40-year-old Agricultural Labor Relations Act. Purpose of the act and the board that oversees it is to allow the state’s 500,000 or more farm workers to hold secret ballot elections at their work sites to determine if they want to be represented by unions.” Those aren’t Pick Justice’s words. Those are the words of Dan Curlee, the Ag-at-Large writer for the Visalia Times-Delta.…

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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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UFW lobbyist & Shiroma campaigner Richie Ross: “Cheating is OK.”

“Because we’re teaching you about lobbying in this class, cheating is OK,” lobbyist Richie Ross told Sacramento State students. “Shortcuts.” Even though the veteran political operative was only making a quip, according to the Sacramento Bee reporter covering the class, Ross was illustrating one of his political trademarks: If you want to get your way, you can’t stoop too low. Ross’s longtime political and financial connections to ALRB board member Genevieve Shiroma have prompted calls for Shiroma to be disqualified from…

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Ag attorneys may move to vacate Shiroma’s decisions on ALRB

Prominent California agricultural attorneys have told the ALRB that they may move to vacate any decision that disgraced Board member Genevieve Shiroma makes in cases concerning the United Farm Workers (UFW). “As legal practitioners before the Board, who represent cases that come before the Board, it has been recently brought to our attention that it has been nearly three months since Petitioner Silvia Lopez filed a petition to disqualify Member Shiroma from participating in any decisions relating to the above-referenced…

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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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Susan Sarandon debunks Dolores Huerta

Actress Susan Sarandon has taken on UFW warhorse Dolores Huerta, discrediting the once-influential labor figure in a series of social media comments. Farmworkers have criticized Huerta for being a has-been relic of an age long past, and for not standing up for the workers of today, who feel that the UFW is in cahoots with the ALRB. Many or most of today’s California farmworkers weren’t even alive when Huerta was an active union organizer. Wearing Hillary Clinton campaign bling at…

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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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ALRB hit with big lawsuit for helping unions trespass on private property

The ALRB took another big hit today when the Pacific Legal Foundation filed suit in federal court to prevent the state agency from helping the UFW to trespass on private property and harass non-union workers. The PLF is representing Cedar Point Nursery in Dorris (Siskiyou County), and Fowler Packing Co. in Fresno. The agency, chaired by William B. Gould IV, “is violating the constitutional property rights of the state’s agricultural landowners by forcing them to allow union activists onto their…

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Western Growers Association picks up on our latest video

An important agricultural advocacy group has seen our latest video and likes it. The Western Growers Association re-posted our new video about ALRB corruption, calling our story “powerful.” “PickJustice.com, a website dedicated to farm workers’ rights, recently posted a video charging the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board and the United Farm Workers Union with colluding to prevent the farmworkers’ votes from being counted in a decertification election demanded by the workers,” the WGA said. The WGA article is headlined, “Powerful…

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Gould admits that UFW isn’t working, and that ag workers don’t want unions

Word is spreading nationwide that ALRB Chairman William Gould has admitted that California’s agricultural unions aren’t doing their job, and that farm workers don’t want the unions. Gould’s January 28 admission to a business group in Monterey has made the news in Washington, DC. Not only did Gould accuse the agricultural unions of failing to organize in the fields, as we reported yesterday. Gould said that, ever since he has been ALRB chairman, not a single group of farm workers…

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