UFW man joins mob assault on woman because of her political views

Woman attacked

A UFW man joined a mob of other men, laughing as they spat on her, threw garbage and eggs at her, and hurled other abuses at her – all because she supports a presidential candidate that they don’t like. The horrifying incident took place in San Jose on June 2. It became national news. SIEU members joined in on the attack. See the video from an NBC reporter. Pick Justice…

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Sacramento Bee’s fact-checker can’t get his facts right

The political fact-checker for the Sacramento Bee can’t get his facts right when critiquing an ad campaign against Senator Darrell Steinberg, who is running for mayor of the state capital. Ryan Lillis, who writes for the Bee’s PoliGRAPH feature to determine the truth or falsity of political ads, says that a mailing attacking Steinberg is “misleading” and “false.” Yet he can’t even get the name of a state agency right.…

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State Senate President de Leon tells UFW it must fight for workers to earn $10 an hour

Kevin de Leon

The UFW must fight for California farmworkers to earn a $10 minimum wage. That’s what state Senate President Kevin de Leon told the UFW convention this weekend in Bakersfield. “It’s our goal to have better working conditions and better salaries, to earn $10 an hour which is today legally the minimum wage,” de Leon said, according to the Bakersfield Californian. Gerawan Farming pays its workers a base pay of $12…

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UFW presence on Equitable Food Initiative ruins a good idea

EFI looks like a protection racket for UFW. That's too bad. It could have led to something good.

Farmworkers are everyone’s first line of defense for safe and healthy food. So it’s vital that they be part of any process to ensure wholesome food for everyone. The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) sounds like a great idea – to ensure that farmworkers are right there to watch against food-borne diseases and other health issues as they harvest and pack produce. Part of that means treating the farmworkers well and…

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Prominent ag columnist calls ALRB dishonest, cheating, & bordering on ‘criminal misrepresentation’

SHAME: William Gould IV, the ALRB chairman, should be ashamed of his "criminal misrepresentation"

“For anybody with the integrity to view the circumstances honestly the status of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is truly astounding in its embrace of dishonesty, partiality and cheating,” Don Curlee wrote in the Agricultural Action Committee’s newsletter, Ag Accent. “The prevailing status at the ALRB level has exceeded intellectual and political favoritism, and descended to a level that approaches criminal misrepresentation,” Curlee wrote in the May 15 edition.…

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We are winning the fight: Los Angeles Times gives super coverage of our cause

A happy Dan Gerawan inspects the fine products of his thousands of workers, who don't need the UFW to get them superior pay and benefits.

Pick Justice and its friends are winning the fight against government secrecy, crony capitalism, and the political and union establishment in Sacramento. The Los Angeles Times just gave fantastic coverage to the cause of workers’ rights and free speech in California’s rigged political and judicial system. “Farmworkers win court battle over access to California labor boards proceedings,” the LA Times headlined on May 11. “A farmworker and business owner can…

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Now THAT’s collective bargaining! Court unanimously sides with workers and employer

squash alrb copy

In a remarkable show of how employers and workers can work together against government secrecy, a three-judge panel unanimously struck down a California secrecy law as unconstitutional. A top lawyer for Governor Jerry Brown had told the Fifth Court of Appeal in Fresno that workers should “never” be parties to the process. The United Farm Workers (UFW) did nothing to help the workers it claimed to represent, and instead sided with the Sacramento establishment.…

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Higher court sides with farmworkers against ALRB secrecy

Secret hearings

Farmworker Lupe Garcia just won a big win for all California farmworkers, as well as for journalists and for employers who treat their workers fairly. The victory came from a unanimous three-judge panel in Fresno on May 9. The Fifth Court of Appeal ruled that farmworkers have a right to challenge the ALRB’s secretive “mandatory meeting and conciliation” (MMC) practices. It reversed a lower trial court that had favored the ALRB,…

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