Amid ugly acrimony, state Senate approves Isadore Hall for ALRB post

Amid heated allegations of state cronyism and racism, the California state Senate voted along party lines to confirm Isadore Hall to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). The bitter floor statements featured those who viewed Hall’s appointment to ALRB as an effort by Governor Jerry Brown to keep a political crony financially viable. Last year, Hall lost a congressional campaign to Rep. Nanette Barragán. A Democrat from Los Angeles, Barragán called Hall a crook. Critics of Hall’s ALRB appointment, led by Senator…

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Journalists must understand difference between ALRB’s ‘judge’ and a real judge

News reports about an ALRB administrative ruling show a misunderstanding about a big issue: The difference between ALRB’s enforcement for the UFW, and a real decision by a real judge in a real court of law. Some of the reports confused the UFW, which represents less than 1% of farmworkers in California, with all or most farmworkers. Some of the reporting was just sloppy reporting. Some of it was good reporting, with misleading headlines added by a lazy editor. At…

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Joaquin Arambula sticks it to farmworkers who don’t pay UFW

Joaquin Arambula doesn’t support Central Valley farmworkers. The Fresno politician, a member of the California state assembly, has ignored farmworkers’ repeated pleas for his support against the corrupt and abusive Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). Instead of helping his constituents, Arambula is backing the UFW union and its ALRB government enforcement arm. Arambula cares only for the less than 1% of California farmworkers who pay money to the UFW. He doesn’t care about the rest of us. Pick Justice first met…

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California govt pulls down 2015 audit that found ALRB chronic waste & abuse

The California state government has pulled down electronic copies of a damning 2015 audit of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Like the Gerawan farmworkers ballots from the 2013 ALRB-supervised vote, the government has hidden the evidence. Pick Justice discovered the audit and published an article about it last year. We linked directly to the state website page that contained the audit. That page, http://www.dof.ca.gov/osae/audit_reports/documents/WEBFinalReport-AgriculturalLaborRelationsBoardPerformanceAudit.pdf, is dead. We also discovered that Labor Secretary David Lanier supported the findings of the audit in…

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Fresno Bee column says ALRB and UFW are “partners in crime”

A Fresno Bee column says out loud what a lot of people in the Central Valley have been saying quietly to themselves but seldom out loud: The ALRB and UFW are “partners in crime.” It starts out with a tough question: “When you have a union and a labor board both being sued by former employees for unjust treatment, how can either be expected to deliver their promises of justice to California’s field workers?” Guest writers Tal Cloud and Matt…

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Cesar Chavez Day 2017: A black eye for the Chavez legacy

The ALRB and UFW are so openly against farmworkers that they have damaged Cesar Chavez’s legacy. On the week of Cesar Chavez Day, the state agency and union earned the following headlines: “Corruption and collusion in California labor board,” Forbes, March 26. “Farmworker union underpaid its own workers, judge rules,” Los Angeles Times, March 30. “The ALRB and UFW: Partners in crime,” Fresno Bee, March 30. Pick Justice illustrated the tragedy on its new website, CesarChavezDay.com. We posted an iconic image…

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Court slaps $1.2 million judgment on UFW for cheating its employees

The UFW has cheated is own employees of their wages, and must pay them $885,000 in back pay, a Monterey County court has found. With penalties added, the UFW will be out $1.2 million. Reporting the judgment, the Los Angeles Times noted the irony. “The union founded on the principle of protecting wage abuses will have to shell out” the money because it abused its own workers, the Times reported. The UFW fired the main plaintiff, Francisco Cerritos, because he…

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Fresno County officially recognizes ALRB abuse of farmworkers

In a historic gesture of solidarity, the County of Fresno has officially recognizes that the ALRB has been abusing thousands of farmworkers. The County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation designating March 28, 2017 as “Dignity and Right for Valley Farmworkers Day.” Pick Justice leader Silvia Lopez and other movement leaders joined the elected officials who signed the proclamation. This recognition, three days before César Chávez Day, reads like an indictment of the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). The…

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Whistleblower at ALRB becomes national news

The ALRB’s Isadore Hall fiasco has turned an obscure subject of the California agricultural industry into a national story about California crony corruption. Among other things, it focused light on a 30-year ALRB employee who became a whistleblower to expose the board’s wrongdoing against farmworkers. What had been confined to the Central Valley area and occasionally got attention in Sacramento and Los Angeles suddenly became a national story. From New York, the financial news giant Forbes took note in a…

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ALRB corruption is now a national story; Forbes suggests FBI probe

Cronyism and corruption in the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board is now a national story. Our cause to expose ALRB’s corruption has caused controversy in California for a long time. Now, from New York, one of the most influential financial publications in the world has taken interest. Forbes ran a piece today titled “Corruption and Collusion in California Labor Board.” The column, authored by Matthew Patterson, began bluntly: “If one of the FBI’s priorities is still to ‘combat public corruption at all…

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Isadore Hall & ALRB don’t deny witness threat, LA Times reports

ALRB appointee Isadore Hall and the ALRB itself declined to deny to the Los Angeles Times that Hall had intimidated and threatened witnesses. Reporter Patrick McGreevy asked Hall and the ALRB to comment on Senator Andy Vidak’s allegations that Hall committed a crime on February 28 when he intimidated and threatened witnesses opposed to his Senate confirmation to the board. Instead, the Los Angeles Times reports, Hall “declined to comment.” But Hall didn’t even speak to the reporter. He hid…

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De Leon: Isadore Hall’s witness threats are just ‘goofy conspiracy theories’

Digging in his heels to shield Isadore Hall, California’s top senator dismissed allegations that the ALRB appointee committed a crime when he threatened and intimidated witnesses. Senate President Kevin de Leon rejected Senator Andy Vidak’s call for an investigation into Hall’s “obscenity-laced, threatening tirade” against farmers set to testify against his appointment to the ALRB. A spokesman for de Leon brushed off the concerns as “goofy conspiracy theories.” Hall’s loud verbal attack on farmers with the California Fresh Fruit Association…

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Pick Justice videos hold Isadore Hall accountable as he cashes in

Our YouTube videos are keeping focus on Isadore Hall and holding him accountable as he heads for Senate confirmation to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Word is that the attention-loving Hall isn’t happy with this particular type of attention. Sacramento elites are still talking about our videos, or so we hear. We made the first video two weeks ago, “Isadore Hall Shows You How to Make $142K a Year With No Experience,” shows how California’s crony corruption provides safety nets…

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Headlines tell the Isadore Hall story

Some readers of Pick Justice noted that our headlines since January summarize everything people need to know about the ALRB’s incoming member, Isadore Hall. Here they are in chronological order: “Unqualified: Hall’s record shows no experience for ALRB position,” January 15. “Conflicts of interest plague ALRB appointee Isadore Hall,” January 15. “Newest ALRB member blocks Pick Justice on Twitter,” January 28. “Congresswoman Barragan said Isadore Hall broke federal corruption law,” February 12. “ALRB designee Isadore Hall gave ‘special treatment’ to…

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