Watch the video: Workers explain how ALRB exploits them

California farmworkers explain why they think the ALRB is a corrupt, exploitative state agency that abuses them by trying to force them to join a politically-connected union. Many of the workers, who came to America as immigrants, express dismay that the type of political corruption in their native countries is alive and well in California. “Perhaps they think that we are ignorant,” says one worker. “Perhaps they think that we are worthless.”

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Two years and counting: ALRB still refuses to tally our votes

Two years have passed since the ALRB supervised the Gerawan Farming workers to vote on whether or not to de-certify the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. The ALRB still refuses to count the ballots that the workers cast on November 5, 2013. In September, the ALRB’s own in-house administrative law judge, Mark R. Soble, ruled that the decertification effort should be dismissed and the ballots remain uncounted. Even though Soble accused the UFW of “lying” to him during the hearing…

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ALRB judge rules against workers, says ballots should not be counted

ALRB Judge Mark Soble has issued his long-anticipated decision on whether to count the Gerawan workers’ ballots cast in 2013 to decertify the United Farm Workers (UFW union. His decision was to prevent the workers’ votes from being counted. What follows is an official statement from the workers’ employer, Gerawan Farming. Gerawan Responds to ALJ Ruling to Destroy Farmworker Ballots FRESNO, CA, September 18, 2015 – Gerawan Farming issued the following statement in response to a ruling yesterday by Agricultural Labor…

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Court says ALRB’s forcible mediation against workers is unconstitutional

In a historic decision, a three-judge California appeals court struck down the section of state law that allows the ALRB to force UFW contracts on farmworkers. That section of the law, the judges said, is unconstitutional. The judges agreed with the employer, Gerawan Farming, that the ALRB should have allowed it to prove that the UFW had abandoned its thousands of members for years. “More fundamentally,” the judges ruled, “we agree with Gerawan’s constitutional arguments that the MMC [mandatory mediation…

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Farmworkers are better off without ALRB-UFW protection racket

Gerawan farmworkers voted to give their trust to Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers (UFW). In 1990, they voted to certify the UFW as their collective bargaining representative. Then the UFW disappeared. For twenty years, Gerawan farmworkers heard nothing from the UFW. The UFW never communicated with them. Nobody from the UFW came out to the fields to talk to them. The UFW never negotiated a contract for them. Joining the UFW, as UFW first vice president Irv Hershenbaum told council members in…

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Incestuous UFW, ALRB relationship strips voting rights

ALRB General Counsel Sylvia Torres-Guillen never intended for peones to have a choice The Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) had silenced Gerawan farmworkers twice before but it could not stop them a third time when they appealed to Sacramento. After collecting signatures from thousands of Gerawan farmworkers – for the second time – the vast majority finally forced the ALRB to give them their right to hold an up-or-down vote on the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. UFW filed bogus…

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AB 1389 would protect worker rights to protest ALRB

The ALRB is trying to silence farmworkers who criticize the politicized agency. The UFW “contract” that the ALRB wants to force on Gerawan farmworkers includes a clause that bans the workers from holding strike protests against both the agency and the union. The employer and employees argued against the clause, but the ALRB put it in the contract anyway. Why would the ALRB impose it when neither side wants it? Who would benefit from such an imposition? Only outsiders would benefit:…

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ALRB has hidden its page about its duty to help workers vote against union representation

The ALRB has hidden its web page referencing its legal obligation to conduct elections for workers seeking to vote to reject labor union representation. The page, which explained the ALRB’s legal authority and duties, stated that the Board “is responsible for conducting elections to determine whether a majority of the employees of an agricultural employer” with to be represented by “no labor organization at all.” That page is now gone from Google search engine results, and the original link is dead.…

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Workers smash ALRB piñata at Fresno courthouse

Smashing a piñata resembling the ALRB safe that contains their un-counted ballots, hundreds of farm workers demanded again that ALRB count their votes. A handful of United Farm Workers (UFW) organizers showed up to oppose the farm workers. The workers held the April 14 demonstration in front of the California appeals court in Fresno, which was holding a hearing about the joint ALRB-UFW attempt to impose a contract on them. The contract would take more than $3 million a year from…

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Fresno Bee shows farm workers shouting down UFW

Hundreds of farm workers shouted down UFW organizers outside a state courthouse in Fresno April 14. The Fresno Bee covered the confrontation on video. Orange-shirted UFW organizers can be seen holding signs seeking to compel the workers to accept a contract, with the workers responding with chants of “Fuera!” meaning “get out of here” or “go away.” Judging by the video, the UFW had more signs than people to hold them. In an accompanying article, the Fresno Bee reports that,…

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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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ALRB’s Shawver disregards sworn petition of 800 farm workers

The ALRB’s Visalia representative disregarded the petition of 800 farm workers, submitted under penalty of perjury, and issued a new complaint to prevent them from having their votes counted. Shawver issues new complaint “The Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) continues to try to deny the farmworkers at Gerawan Farms their right to have their votes counted,” FarmWorkerRights.com reports. “Today, [ALRB] issued a new complaint alleging unfair labor practices at the farm, which they claim invalidate the votes the workers cast…

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