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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Employer Gerawan encourages workers to fight for their rights

It isn’t often in California that an employer encourages workers to fight for their rights. But that’s what Dan Gerawan did two weeks ago. California Ag Today, an industry publication, got a transcript of Gerawan’s statement to workers after the November state Supreme Court decision affirming State power to coerce workers into a contract from a politically favored union. Importantly, the Supreme Court did uphold the right of farmworkers to choose their union, or choose whether they want a union…

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Newspaper editorial board stands with us: State shouldn’t help UFW pick our pockets

The recent California Supreme Court ruling “isn’t fair to anyone except union leaders who stand to collect 3 percent of the pay from workers who may not wish to be represented by the UFW at all. The last thing courts should do is pick the pockets of the people who pick the fruit.” That’s what the Orange County Register editors concluded in a rebuke of the state’s high court. “The United Farm Workers union won a victory over Gerawan Farming, Inc.,…

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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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