State Fair exhibit pushes fake narrative about farmworkers

The California State Fair is promoting a fake narrative about the state’s hard-working farmworkers. For the first time in 164 years, the hugely popular State Fair has an exhibit honoring farmworkers. But one look at the exhibit shows it’s just a PR job for the UFW. No one can deny the achievements that the UFW made for farmworkers under its founder, César Chávez. Those achievements deserve commemoration. But the UFW has achieved nothing significant since Chávez died 24 years ago.…

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Farmworkers tell lawmakers that ALRB’s Isadore Hall threatened to ‘get them’

With no union to stand up for them, farmworkers trekked back to Sacramento to plead with lawmakers for help against threats from a politicized government agency. Pick Justice leader Silvia Lopez organized the San Joaquin Valley workers to the State Capitol and ask assembly members for support against the abusive state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). “ALRB member Isadore Hall threatened ‘to get’ us because we opposed him being the board,” Lopez said. “So we handed out flyers. They described…

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For first time in 164 years, farmworkers get State Fair exhibit, & UFW can’t say what it’s doing now

The UFW blew its historic debut at the California State Fair. For the first time in the fair’s 164-year history, farmworkers got an exhibit. But the UFW, which is running the exhibit and controlling the narrative, can’t say what it’s doing for farmworkers today. The exhibit is devoted to the “historical legacy” – not of California’s farmworkers – but of the UFW and its founders from two generations ago. It has to be that way, because the UFW can’t boast…

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Secretive calendar says ALRB has nothing to do

Despite big budget and staff increases, the secretive ALRB has nothing to do. At least, that’s what the ALRB’s public events calendar is telling us. It’s blank. Of course, the ALRB is doing quite a bit right now, but it’s all in secret. The secretive ALRB has targeted farmworkers who won’t pay 3% of their income to the UFW. It’s busily trying to force farmworkers and employers into UFW contracts that neither the workers nor employers want. But all of…

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New farmworkers reject UFW and start their own union

New farmworkers in the Western United States increasingly prefer to start their own union – or have no union at all – instead of joining the UFW. Presently, the UFW’s entire membership represents less than 1 percent of farmworkers in California alone. Almost nobody wants to join the UFW any more. “UFW has become lazy. UFW’s leaders are just milking the nostalgia for César Chávez from almost a half-century ago,” said Silvia Lopez of Pick Justice. “UFW doesn’t benefit the…

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Court says government can ban workers from meetings to force contracts on them

The State of California has the right to prevent farmworkers from observing government meetings where decisions are made to force contracts on them, a court has ruled. “The secretive Agricultural Labor Relations Board has the right to prevent us from observing while government officials and UFW operatives force an “agreement” on farmworkers while denying us the right to vote,” Pick Justice leader Silvia Lopez said of the June 26 Fresno superior court decision. In a a news release, employer Gerawan…

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UFW made fake allegations to support a fake protest, but won’t talk to reporters

Strawberry workers say the United Farm Workers made fake allegations of unfair labor practices and staged a fake strike by people posing as local farm workers, but the UFW won’t talk to reporters. The Herald and News interviewed workers at Cedar Point Nursery in Dorris, who said that the UFW “staged a demonstration at the property, protesting against unfair labor practices.” The UFW apparently used the fake protest to get the ALRB to intervene on its behalf. Farmworkers said UFW’s…

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Federal court agrees to hear case to stop ALRB from letting UFW force itself on farmworkers

In an important legal development, a federal court has agreed to hear arguments that the state should not abuse its power to enable the UFW to force itself on farmworkers at their workplace. The potential now exists for federal courts to intervene against Governor Brown’s out-of-control Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), which colludes with the UFW to abuse farmworkers who refuse to pay 3% of their wages to the syndicate. “Federal authorities have agreed to hear an appeal of a…

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New brochure describes Isadore Hall’s cronyism

A new brochure is circulating that describes Isadore Hall’s cronyism and explains why he should be removed from the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board. “Isadore Hall marched to oppose thousands of immigrant farm workers – The exact same farm workers he will judge daily at ALRB,” the brochure says. We at Pick Justice produced the flyer. Click here for a PDF: Isadore_Hall_Confirmation-Hearing_Flyer_v8 “Isadore Hall and fake farm workers march to demand that an unconstitutional ‘contract’ be forced on THOUSANDS of REAL…

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UFW wants to protect some workers from deportation, but not if they oppose the union

The UFW takes two positions on foreign workers in the US under H2-A agricultural labor visas. Don’t let them get fired, because under the H2-A seasonal worker visa system, they will be deported. Fire any H2-A workers who oppose the UFW (and let them get deported). Here’s the latest: UFW Vice President Erik Nicholson says foreign farmworkers on H2-A visas are vulnerable to abuses, because if they complain about conditions, they risk getting fired, and if they get fired, they…

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Senator Harris hires UFW hack to run Fresno office

A longtime UFW hack is running Senator Kamala Harris’ office in Fresno. Matt Rogers will be Harris’ “ears” as he runs the senator’s regional office, the Bakersfield Californian reports. The article describes Rogers as “a fixture in the Fresno County Democratic Party who has been hired to be those ears,” but does not describe Rogers’ longstanding relationship with the UFW. Instead, it shows Rogers as an open-minded local. “Rogers said his mission is to not let party lines separate citizens…

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Abused mushroom workers demand new UFW leadership

Mushroom workers, feeling abused by their employer and the UFW, demand new leadership at the flailing union. “Some 300 workers went on strike against the UFW and Monterey Mushroom” on May 25, “demanding a pay raise, just treatment from their managers, and new leadership in the UFW,” KION-TV reported. This is the first time in memory that UFW members have protested in large numbers to demand an end to the UFW’s ineffective – and what some allege to be morally corrupt…

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‘This is a disgrace for the union,’ mushroom worker says about UFW

The UFW is trying to persuade its members at Monterey Mushrooms that they should accept a huge pay cut down to minimum wage of $10.50 an hour. “This is a disgrace for the union,” worker leader Edith Ruiz told KION-TV in Spanish. KION operates channels 5 and 46 as a CBS affiliate. “The union and the company are hand-in-hand against us,” said mushroom worker José Guzmán. (“La unión y compañía están de la mano en contra de nosotros.”) “They pay…

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300 mushroom workers protest UFW; union in cahoots to slash wages

Hundreds of mushroom workers are rising up against the UFW, accusing the union of being in cahoots with the employer to slash workers’ wages. Edith Ruiz, a leader of 300 Monterey Mushrooms protesters, says that the UFW and the company want to cut the workers’ salaries almost in half – to minimum wage – and that the UFW is trying to convince the workers to go along. “We are demonstrating because they what to lower our salaries,” Ruiz told Stephanie…

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