Four years and not counting: ALRB still denies us voting rights

This week marks four years since the State of California denied thousands of farmworkers the voting rights that they are guaranteed under the law. It was this week in 2013 that the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) – after trying to prevent them from voting – finally supervised a vote among Gerawan farmworkers to de-certify the UFW as their organized labor representative. The workers made a huge turnout to cast ballots to get rid of the UFW as their…

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ALRB bans Pick Justice leaflet about court judgment against UFW

In an over-the-top breach of freedom of speech, the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board banned Pick Justice from distributing leaflets to farm workers at ALRB’s Visalia office Pick Justice spokesman Jesse Rojas sent an advance copy of the leaflet to Chris Schneider, a lifelong UFW activist who is Regional Director of the taxpayer-funded ALRB office in Visalia. “They have been reviewed by me and I have deemed them inappropriate by the ALRB due to the partisan views expressed therein,” Schneider…

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Gerawan workers staged largest farmworker protests in state history. See the videos.

They came out by the thousands – more than César Chávez could recruit at the height of his popularity. They took to the streets in the largest farmworker protests in California history. They were some of the thousands of hard-working people at Gerawan Farming. And they wanted nothing to do with the UFW. TV news coverage repeatedly reported that “thousands” of Gerawan workers protested against the UFW and its state enforcer, the ALRB. Here are four videos to show the…

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UFW and the State can’t silence us. We are the biggest farmworker protest ever.

What if the racists and machine politicians had silenced Martin Luther King and César Chávez? There would have been no civil rights movements for African-Americans and Latinos. That was then. In the 21st century, the machine politicians in Sacramento turned back the clock. They have been trying to silence the new farmworker movement in California. They are failing. This video tells part of our story of resistance to the corrupted and abusive United Farm Workers (UFW) and its unelected government…

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OC Register: UFW-ALRB cartel makes farmworkers a Mafia-style offer

The ALRB’s serial abuse of government power damages farmworkers, farmers, and the ordinary consumer, and the ALRB-UFW cartel is forcing a Mafia-style offer that farmworkers can’t refuse if they want to keep their jobs. A scholar at the Independent Institute in Oakland notes in the Orange County Register that the unelected ALRB has committed voter fraud and other abuse of farmworkers in its quest to force an irrevocable UFW contract on Gerawan farmworkers. Voter fraud on Latino farmworkers “While California…

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California’s biggest farmworker protests were AGAINST the UFW-ALRB

California’s biggest farmworker protests in history were not led by César Chávez or the UFW. They were led by thousands of farmworkers opposed to the UFW. The farmworkers took to the streets by the thousands to protest the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) from forcing them into a UFW contract. Local television stations in Visalia reported it at the time. This video summarizes those protests, and features farmworkers who explained how the UFW and ALRB have tried to force…

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ALRB assistant general counsel Silas Shawver makes veiled threat to sue Pick Justice

One of the ALRB’s top lawyers has threatened to sue Pick Justice. Silas Shawver, the controversial UFW activist who is now ALRB assistant general counsel, made the veiled threat in a personal email to Pick Justice Chairman Jesse Rojas. In an email from his personal account, Shawver complained to Rojas that PickJustice.com said he was “fired in disgrace from ALRB in 2015 for misconduct.” “That statement is completely false,” Shawver said, claiming – while offering no evidence – that “I…

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Shawver renews controversies about himself. Let’s review them.

ALRB assistant general counsel Silas Shawver has renewed controversies about himself. His August, 2017 letter to Pick Justice, claiming without proof that the ALRB did not fire him in 2015, allows us to revisit some of the reasons why the UFW legal activist is potentially breaking state law requiring him to be impartial while in public service. Shawver is a practicing attorney on the state payroll, so he knows the importance of providing evidence to substantiate or refute claims. Here…

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Full text of Shawver’s unsubstantiated denial that he was ‘fired in disgrace’ for ‘misconduct’

ALRB assistant general counsel Silas Shawver provided no evidence to refute the allegation that he had been fired in 2015. Here is the full text of his August 2, 2017 letter to Pick Justice in which he demanded we remove the offending material. “Dear Mr. Rojas, “This is Silas Shawver. We have met on at least one occasion in the past. I understand that you manage the pickjustice.com website and that you are responsible and/or have control over its content.…

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Secretive Silas Shawver denies he was ‘fired in disgrace from ALRB’

Silas Shawver, the ALRB assistant general counsel who tried to prevent Gerawan workers from voting to de-certify the UFW, denies he had been “fired in disgrace from ALRB.” In an email to Pick Justice, Shawver claimed that the characterization that he was “fired in disgrace from ALRB in 2015 for misconduct” is “completely false.” He offered no proof of his claim. Shawver was linked to the whistleblower scandal in the Visalia office that he directed. He left ALRB under a…

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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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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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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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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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