Anti-UFW posters cause a stir in Central Valley

Across the Central Valley, people are talking about Pick Justice’s posters warning that the UFW damages the jobs of its own dues-paying members, while wasting their hard-earned money on lawsuits and legal judgments. Our posters, in Spanish, appeared over the past week at roadsides, farms, convenience stores, and gas stations. “Farmworkers of the UFW lose their jobs!” the poster reads in Spanish. “Farmworkers under UFW contract will pay millions for the UFW’s labor violations.” There’s even a code that links…

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UFW cheated workers – so each UFW member must pay $233

Every dues-paying member of the UFW is paying $233 of their dues money to reimburse UFW workers who the union leadership cheated. A court settlement between the UFW and its employees – who were abused, cheated, and retaliated against for trying to start their own union – means that the $1,300,000 settlement must be paid with dues from the UFW’s remaining dues-paying members. The UFW has only 5,580 dues-paying members left. That means that each dues-paying member must pay $233…

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Without admitting it cheated its own workers, UFW settles $1.3 million case

The UFW has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a case filed by its own workers. The union is not admitting that it cheated it workers, as the employees alleged. The settlement, which is not final, avoids paying a potential $2 million court judgment. The step is important because it shows that the iconic UFW can no longer act with impunity. It also reveals that the UFW leadership has been so irresponsible with its stewardship of members’ dues, that…

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Court to take $2 million from workers’ paychecks to settle UFW judgment

UFW members on four California farms will have as much as $2 million taken from their paychecks to settle a court judgment against the UFW union. The money is to be garnished from the 3% of wages that would ordinarily go to the UFW as dues. The dues are intended to support UFW collective bargaining activity on the workers’ behalf. Instead, the Los Angeles Times reports, the money is going to fund a $1.2 million court judgment against UFW employees…

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Abused mushroom workers demand new UFW leadership

Mushroom workers, feeling abused by their employer and the UFW, demand new leadership at the flailing union. “Some 300 workers went on strike against the UFW and Monterey Mushroom” on May 25, “demanding a pay raise, just treatment from their managers, and new leadership in the UFW,” KION-TV reported. This is the first time in memory that UFW members have protested in large numbers to demand an end to the UFW’s ineffective – and what some allege to be morally corrupt…

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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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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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UFW can’t unite Sacramento Democrats on overtime bill

The UFW isn’t as powerful as people like to think. It can’t even unite Democrats in Sacramento to support its controversial overtime legislation. As of now, 15 Democrats in the state assembly do not support AR 1066. The bill, promoted as a way to get workers more money, would actually hurt them as well as their employers. That’s why the Democrats are so divided. “Eight Democrats voted against the overtime pay legislation in June and seven abstained, even after Assembly Speaker…

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UFW-backed overtime bill will cost farmworkers 20 hours’ pay a week

Farmworkers are entitled to work up to 60 hours a week under present law. A UFW-backed measure to slash the work day to 40 hours a week will cost workers up to one-third of their income, according to a column in the Sacramento Bee. The union argues that employers will be forced to pay overtime above 40 hours a week, so the extra 20 hours a week on overtime pay is a big gain for farmworkers. That’s very nice, thank…

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UFW silent as robot readies to replace farmworkers

The first fruit-picking prototype robot proves that it is practical to harvest apples by machine. This video of the prototype robot has been on YouTube for five months – but the UFW hasn’t said a word. Why has the UFW been silent about a technological breakthrough that promises dramatic changes in the livelihoods of farmworkers? Is the UFW simply content to keep its members down, as the most humble people in the labor force, while it takes 3 percent of their salary…

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Why is UFW organizing in foreign countries, when it stopped organizing in California?

Dues-paying members of the United Farm Workers ought to ask union president Arturo Rodriguez what he’s doing with the 3 percent of their salary that the UFW takes out of their paychecks. They might ask, “Why is the UFW organizing people in Nicaragua, when it stopped organizing in California?” Earlier this year, California Agricultural Labor Relations Board Chairman William Gould lamented that union organizing had “completely disappeared” in the state’s many farms. Farmworkers have been paying Arturo Rodriguez’s UFW salary…

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UFW takes 3% of members’ salaries so its leaders can ride in limos

Here’s a troubling picture: UFW leaders ride around in a stretch limousine while they push for the state to force workers to fork over 3% of their hard-earned income to the union. This is a real abuse of trust. The UFW leaders are so arrogant that they placed the union logo on the side. Pick Justice photographed the UFW limo on Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield, California, on May 28, 2016.

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