Passing the torch: Latina farmworkers Huerta and Lopez meet

Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta speaks to Gerawan farmworkers who ask her for her help in getting the ALRB to count their votes to decertify the UFW.

Gerawan farmworkers asked UFW icon Dolores Huerta for help in getting Governor Jerry Brown to have the ALRB count their votes. After some discussion, the civil rights leader and Gerawan farmworker leader Silvia Lopez stood together with Governor Brown. That day, June 24, 2015, was a historic day for Latina farmworkers in California. Just hours earlier, Brown had quietly fired ALRB General Counsel Sylvia Torres-Guillen, who had been one of…

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AB 1389 would protect worker rights to protest ALRB

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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…

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Fresno Bee shows farm workers shouting down UFW

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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…

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Forbes: ALRB is ‘refusing to count’ farm workers’ votes

The ALRB is refusing to count the votes of farm workers who don’t want to pay 3 percent of their income to a union that they feels doesn’t represent them. “The workers, from Fresno-based Gerawan Farming, voted in a decertification election last November to rid themselves of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union once and for all,” Forbes reports. “But the authorities at the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB)…

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800 workers call ALRB Visalia office a ‘bully’

Eight hundred farm workers converged on the ALRB office in Visalia, demanding that the ALRB count the votes the workers’ cast in November, 2013, on whether or not to unionize, and calling the government entity a “bully.” Covering the protest, the Visalia Times-Delta reports, “The workers had an up or down vote last year whether to leave the union, but the results of that vote have not yet been counted…

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Shawver admits ALRB hasn’t counted worker ballots & has no plan to do so

The ALRB admits that it has not counted the ballots of thousands of Central Valley farm workers, and that it has no timeline for doing so. ALRB field representative Silas Shawver admitted this on The ballots, he said, are locked away in a safe. So when will the ALRB count the workers votes? Says Shawver, “Um, there hasn’t been a timeline that’s set.” In the video, Shawver claims that…

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Farm workers ask ALRB to respect their voting rights

A group of laborers from Central Valley appeared before the ALRB to ask that the board count their votes on whether or not they want to be represented by a union. “From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely ask that we get our votes counted, and to know what’s the end to our situation,” a worker tells the ALRB in Spanish, through an interpreter. “What I want, what everyone…

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