Supreme Court hands us a forced contract setback – but still lets us de-certify UFW

The California Supreme Court didn’t surprise anyone when it overturned a lower court’s ruling that state agencies cannot coerce farmworkers into United Farm Workers contracts. But the justices did uphold the right of workers to choose whether or not they wanted UFW representation. “We anticipated that the Supreme Court would side with the state’s political leaders to force contracts on us to benefit the politically-connected UFW,” said Pick Justice leader Silvia Lopez. Pleasant surprise – We can still de-certify the…

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Four years and not counting: ALRB still denies us voting rights

This week marks four years since the State of California denied thousands of farmworkers the voting rights that they are guaranteed under the law. It was this week in 2013 that the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) – after trying to prevent them from voting – finally supervised a vote among Gerawan farmworkers to de-certify the UFW as their organized labor representative. The workers made a huge turnout to cast ballots to get rid of the UFW as their…

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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 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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Marc Grossman used to fight for farmworkers. Now he fights against them.

Decades ago, with César Chávez, Marc Grossman invested his life fighting for farmworkers. Now, in the twilight of his career, Marc Grossman is fighting against farmworkers. He’s even serving as a spokesman to help defeat farmworkers in court. And he trash-talks farmworkers whom the UFW abandoned decades ago, calling their concerns “bogus.” It’s a sad story about a man who had devoted his life to improving the well-being of the very hard-working agricultural laborers in California. Like the UFW itself,…

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Silvia Lopez unmasks 3rd UFW fake Gerawan farmworker

A third UFW person has been caught masquerading as a Gerawan Farming worker. The individual, whose name is not known, was part of the small UFW contingent protesting at the California Supreme Court on September 5, as a hearing began on whether the state can force UFW contracts on workers who don’t want them. Pick Justice activists – all real farmworkers employed at Gerawan Farming – called out to the UFW marchers to ask who was from Gerawan. One of…

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Real farmworkers swamp UFW activists at Supreme Court

Real Gerawan farmworkers outnumbered the UFW contingent at the California Supreme Court yesterday, as the floundering union failed to deliver the “hundreds” of workers it pledged to bring from around the state. UFW didn’t organize any Gerawan workers to join its protest in support of state power to force UFW contracts on unwilling farmworkers. Gerawan workers, mostly in blue Pick Justice shirts, outnumbered the UFW presence by at least 2 or 3 to 1. In the week before the September…

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UFW features 2nd fake farmworker in 2 weeks

UFW is using yet another fake Gerawan farmworker to make its case in preparation for the September 5 Supreme Court hearing. The California Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of the state being empowered to force UFW contracts on farmworkers. As it begs for more money and people to fill six buses of protesters to the Supreme Court, the UFW posted an appeal from someone it says is a Gerawan worker who has been on the job for more than…

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UFW can’t recruit 1 busload of Gerawan protesters, so it raises money to pay surrogates

So few Gerawan farmworkers support the UFW that the union can’t recruit enough to fill a single bus. Instead, UFW is raising money to send six busloads of other workers (or people pretending to be real farmworkers) to San Francisco on September 5 to protest outside the state Supreme Court. “The UFW is pretty much admitting that it doesn’t have any support among 5,000 Gerawan farmworkers,” observed Pick Justice leader Silvia Lopez. UFW more careful after being caught promoting fake…

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Gerawan workers staged largest farmworker protests in state history. See the videos.

They came out by the thousands – more than César Chávez could recruit at the height of his popularity. They took to the streets in the largest farmworker protests in California history. They were some of the thousands of hard-working people at Gerawan Farming. And they wanted nothing to do with the UFW. TV news coverage repeatedly reported that “thousands” of Gerawan workers protested against the UFW and its state enforcer, the ALRB. Here are four videos to show the…

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UFW pulls down fake petition after we expose it on Twitter as phony

The United Farm Workers removed a fake petition against Gerawan and its employees after Pick Justice exposed the petition as  phony. UFW circulated the false story of someone claiming to be a Gerawan worker, to fool people into signing an online petition. The fake UFW petition went out on Twitter and by email on Wednesday, August 23. No such person The story, supposedly by a worker named Guadalupe Martinez, struck us as false. It said things that we knew weren’t…

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UFW and the State can’t silence us. We are the biggest farmworker protest ever.

What if the racists and machine politicians had silenced Martin Luther King and César Chávez? There would have been no civil rights movements for African-Americans and Latinos. That was then. In the 21st century, the machine politicians in Sacramento turned back the clock. They have been trying to silence the new farmworker movement in California. They are failing. This video tells part of our story of resistance to the corrupted and abusive United Farm Workers (UFW) and its unelected government…

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OC Register: UFW-ALRB cartel makes farmworkers a Mafia-style offer

The ALRB’s serial abuse of government power damages farmworkers, farmers, and the ordinary consumer, and the ALRB-UFW cartel is forcing a Mafia-style offer that farmworkers can’t refuse if they want to keep their jobs. A scholar at the Independent Institute in Oakland notes in the Orange County Register that the unelected ALRB has committed voter fraud and other abuse of farmworkers in its quest to force an irrevocable UFW contract on Gerawan farmworkers. Voter fraud on Latino farmworkers “While California…

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California’s biggest farmworker protests were AGAINST the UFW-ALRB

California’s biggest farmworker protests in history were not led by César Chávez or the UFW. They were led by thousands of farmworkers opposed to the UFW. The farmworkers took to the streets by the thousands to protest the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) from forcing them into a UFW contract. Local television stations in Visalia reported it at the time. This video summarizes those protests, and features farmworkers who explained how the UFW and ALRB have tried to force…

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