AB 1389 would protect worker rights to protest ALRB

AB 1389 Sacramento 2015.05.06

The ALRB is trying to silence farmworkers who criticize the politicized agency. The UFW “contract” that the ALRB wants to force on Gerawan farmworkers includes a clause that bans the workers from holding strike protests against both the agency and the union. The employer and employees argued against the clause, but the ALRB put it in the contract anyway. Why would the ALRB impose it when neither side wants it? Who…

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Workers smash ALRB piñata at Fresno courthouse

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Smashing a piñata resembling the ALRB safe that contains their un-counted ballots, hundreds of farm workers demanded again that ALRB count their votes. A handful of United Farm Workers (UFW) organizers showed up to oppose the farm workers. The workers held the April 14 demonstration in front of the California appeals court in Fresno, which was holding a hearing about the joint ALRB-UFW attempt to impose a contract on them. The…

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ALRB still denying farmworkers a vote

“The Legislature and the Brown administration apparently believe California’s farmworkers cannot be trusted to exercise their democratic rights. It’s the only plausible explanation for their efforts — via an administrative process and legislation — to invalidate the votes of 3,000 Fresno area workers who took part in a union election,” Steven Greenhut writes in the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Workers at Gerawan Farming voted on a labor contract 10 months ago, but the Agricultural…

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800 workers call ALRB Visalia office a ‘bully’

Eight hundred farm workers converged on the ALRB office in Visalia, demanding that the ALRB count the votes the workers’ cast in November, 2013, on whether or not to unionize, and calling the government entity a “bully.” Covering the protest, the Visalia Times-Delta reports, “The workers had an up or down vote last year whether to leave the union, but the results of that vote have not yet been counted…

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CA farmworkers feel bullied by ALRB

California farmworkers say that they are being bullied when they try to vote on whether or not to be represented by organized labor unions. “At their best, labor unions are something simple: they bring employees who share the same workplace into a collaborative relationship – independent not only of management, but also of any outside supervisors,” James Poulos writes in the Daily Beast. “At their worst, unions aren’t bottom-up organizations.…

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Would César Chávez have wanted forced unionization? ALRB says ‘yes’

“If César were here today, he certainly wouldn’t be supporting what’s being done now, which is a union trying to impose itself on employees,” says Dan Gerawan, one of the largest employers of California farm workers. Gerawan Farming is known for paying the highest wages in the industry. The state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is ganging up on Gerawan – both the company and the workers – to force…

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Farm workers ask ALRB to respect their voting rights

A group of laborers from Central Valley appeared before the ALRB to ask that the board count their votes on whether or not they want to be represented by a union. “From the bottom of my heart, I sincerely ask that we get our votes counted, and to know what’s the end to our situation,” a worker tells the ALRB in Spanish, through an interpreter. “What I want, what everyone…

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Assemblyman: ALRB now a ‘rogue agency . . . out of control’

“The ALRB is a rogue agency now, entirely biased and out of control.” That’s how Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), describes the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. “The workers have been entirely ignored by the very people and political leaders supposed to be representing them,” Patterson tells the Flash Report‘s Katie Grimes. “The ALRB is a rogue agency now, entirely biased and out of control.” Grimes reports that Patterson “wrote a letter to…

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