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 farmworkers in the state – less than one percent.
UFW is lying when it says it represents California farmworkers. It doesn’t represent 99 percent of us.
This matches what former ALRB Chairman William Gould said when he angrily quit the board earlier this year.
In his resignation letter, Gould said, “99% of field workers are not unionized.” He pinned the blame squarely on the UFW, which he appeared to allege was too lazy to organize workers in the fields.