ALRB makes UFW tell Gerawan workers they have a right not to be in union

In another Christmas present for California farmworkers, the ALRB has ordered the UFW to inform Gerawan workers that they have a right to de-certify the UFW. This is what Pick Justice has been arguing all along. For the ALRB to acknowledge existing law – and to compel the UFW to inform workers of their rights – is a huge and welcome surprise. The ALRB also compelled the UFW to inform workers that they have the right “to act together with…

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UFW is ordered to tell Gerawan workers that it broke the law

The ALRB has ordered the UFW to sign a written notice admitting that it broke the law in harassing the Gerawan workers and lying to security officers to prevent the workers from being heard. The order, issued by ALRB Administrative Law Judge Mark R. Soble, directed the UFW to: Sign a notice that Soble’s office had written, for translation into “appropriate languages” by an ALRB agent, and prepare copies to be mailed “individually to each and every agricultural worker employed by…

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ALRB says UFW broke the law & committed ‘very serious unfair labor practice’

In a stunning development, the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board ruled that the UFW broke the law when it lied to security guards to prevent Pick Justice members from attending a public meeting. The ALRB also found that the UFW committed “a very serious Unfair Labor Practice,” and seeks a cease and desist order to force the UFW to comply with the law. The unusual ruling contained an order for the UFW to admit in writing that it broke the…

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UFW says it ‘vehemently’ opposes Pick Justice leader to appear before Supreme Court

The United Farm Workers “vehemently” opposes Pick Justice leader Silvia Lopez to make an opening argument before the California Supreme Court. A major constitutional issue is at stake at the September 5 hearing. The state and the UFW seek to force farmworkers to submit to a UFW contract that would cut their take-home pay and deny them the right to have a say in the contract. “The UFW vehemently opposes Lopez’s request” to be given time to state her case…

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UFW made fake allegations to support a fake protest, but won’t talk to reporters

Strawberry workers say the United Farm Workers made fake allegations of unfair labor practices and staged a fake strike by people posing as local farm workers, but the UFW won’t talk to reporters. The Herald and News interviewed workers at Cedar Point Nursery in Dorris, who said that the UFW “staged a demonstration at the property, protesting against unfair labor practices.” The UFW apparently used the fake protest to get the ALRB to intervene on its behalf. Farmworkers said UFW’s…

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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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Court slaps $1.2 million judgment on UFW for cheating its employees

The UFW has cheated is own employees of their wages, and must pay them $885,000 in back pay, a Monterey County court has found. With penalties added, the UFW will be out $1.2 million. Reporting the judgment, the Los Angeles Times noted the irony. “The union founded on the principle of protecting wage abuses will have to shell out” the money because it abused its own workers, the Times reported. The UFW fired the main plaintiff, Francisco Cerritos, because he…

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ALRB’s conflicts of interest with UFW deepen with Shawver’s secret return

Silas Shawver Jumps For The UFW

The ALRB’s re-hiring of UFW militant Silas Shawver, after his mysterious “resignation” last year amid allegations of wrongdoing, shows that the state agency responsible for “helping” farmworkers remains in the hands of the politically favored union. UFW represents only 1 percent of California farmworkers. Yet with the ALRB’s collusion, the UFW can control the fates of the 99 percent who have opted not to join. ALRB secretly re-hired the disgraced Shawver in October, and promoted him to Deputy General Counsel.…

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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 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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We are winning the fight: Los Angeles Times gives super coverage of our cause

Pick Justice and its friends are winning the fight against government secrecy, crony capitalism, and the political and union establishment in Sacramento. The Los Angeles Times just gave fantastic coverage to the cause of workers’ rights and free speech in California’s rigged political and judicial system. “Farmworkers win court battle over access to California labor boards proceedings,” the LA Times headlined on May 11. “A farmworker and business owner can now air their case against the Agricultural Labor Relations Board”…

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Judge again says ALRB and UFW colluded on litigation strategy

The ALRB Office of General Counsel and Regional Director colluded with the UFW during the case against Gerawan farmworkers seeking to de-certify the UFW, the ALRB’s own administrative jaw judge has found. “[T]he record should make clear, should the General Counsel and UFW attempt to characterize their litigation strategy as completely independent, that portrayal would be inaccurate,” ALRB administrative law Judge Mark R. Soble said. Soble’s comments are buried in a footnote at the bottom of page 164 of the…

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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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UFW stages fake “strike” at plant nursery

The United Farm Workers staged a fake strike at a Dorris, California, plant nursery, misrepresenting the hundreds of contract workers, making false statements about conditions, and violating state law. The October 29 protest surprised the workers, who had not been notified in advance that the UFW would be there, speaking in their name, according to the Herald and News. “We don’t need a union,” said employee Margarita Saucedo. “We are already united.” On its Facebook page, the UFW claimed that…

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