Lawmaker calls on Supreme Court to overturn illegal law

A lawmaker from California’s #WeFeedYou belt has called on the state Supreme Court to overturn an illegal law that allows unelected bureaucrats to force a #UFW contract on farmworkers. The law denies workers the right to bargain on their own behalf, and denies them the right to vote whether to accept the contract. It forces workers to fork over a chunk of their income to the union that the state forced on them, and forces employers to fire workers who…

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Deputy Attorney General Benjamin Glickman tries to intimidate Pick Justice protesters

In what farmworkers fear is a case of stepped-up government harassment and intimidation, a California Deputy Attorney General was caught photographing protesters outside a state courthouse. Deputy Attorney General Benjamin Glickman took photos or videos of Pick Justice protesters who opposed the state’s attempt to coerce them into a contract with the United Farm Workers (UFW). The September 5, 2017 incident took place outside the California Supreme Court. Glickman is seen in a Pick Justice video, posted on Instagram. Stills…

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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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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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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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New ALRB executive secretary is from UFW activist camp

The ALRB lurched further than ever from its legally mandated neutrality today when it named a pro-UFW activist lawyer as its new executive secretary. Santiago Avila-Gomez succeeds longtime ALRB executive secretary J. Antonio Barbosa effective today. While Barbosa seemed like a fair and impartial man personally, we never knew of him taking a stand to keep ALRB “impartial” as the law requires. Still, he was of the ALRB old school where, at one time, the 99% of California farmworkers who…

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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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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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Chaos swirls around ALRB as Isadore Hall’s wrongdoing spins out of control

The Isadore Hall controversy spun out of control today, driving the secretive Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) swirling into the muck. Everything fell apart March 14. That’s when Central Valley’s popular KMJ radio host Ray Appleton brought Senator Andy Vidak on his show. Vidak explained how Hall had intimidated and threatened witnesses who were going to speak out in the Senate the next day against his ALRB appointment. Then, in a surprise to listeners, a witness to Hall’s February 28 threats called…

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