UFW profits before UFW people: Radio Campesino busted again for illegal ads

Once again, the UFW conglomerate has broken the law. This time, it’s a repeat offender. KUFW, the union’s “non-profit” radio station that broadcasts in the Visalia area, is illegally running paid commercials promoting for-profit entities – a violation of its broadcasting license. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, DC, has been alerted about the repeat violations. “The FCC knows a lot about KUFW’s revenue-generating activities,” attorney David A. Schwarz writes in the Weekly Standard. “Over the last two decades,…

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ALRB approved: Here’s what the UFW says you get for 3% of your salary

On its website, the UFW describes the value of membership in the union. What value do you, as a UFW worker, get for the 3% of your pre-tax income, or an average of $600.00 a year? Practically nothing. Somehow this is OK with the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). The UFW site says, “The following benefits are reserved for UFW Union Members that pay 3% dues and are members in good standing.” Those benefits are: Life insurance policies that…

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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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Times-Delta: ALRB general counsel is rigging ‘UFW to be the winner in every election’

ALRB General Counsel Sylvia Torres Guillen has twisted her authority and rigged the system to make “the UFW to be the winner in every election” among California farm workers. In an op-ed for the Visalia Times-Delta, agricultural writer Don Curlee praises ALRB Chairman William B. Gould for recent steps to rein in the out-of-control general counsel (GC). Without mentioning Torres Guillen by name, Curlee says that the present GC, “appointed two years ago” by Governor Jerry Brown, “demonstrated close ties…

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