Silas Shawver of the ALRB Jumps For The UFW!

Silas Shawver Jumps For The UFW

The Agricultural Labor Relations Board is an independent governing body that oversees relations between California Central Valley farmers and the United Farmworkers of America, the union that wants to represent them. The ALRB is supposed to be unbiased. But if that’s so, WHY is Silas Shawver, their regional director, seen here wearing a UFW tshirt? Is it a harmless mistake? Considering that Mr. Shawver is pushing to destroy ballots in the farmworker’s election to decertify the union, it’s more likely…

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Farmworkers are better off without ALRB-UFW protection racket

Gerawan farmworkers voted to give their trust to Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers (UFW). In 1990, they voted to certify the UFW as their collective bargaining representative. Then the UFW disappeared. For twenty years, Gerawan farmworkers heard nothing from the UFW. The UFW never communicated with them. Nobody from the UFW came out to the fields to talk to them. The UFW never negotiated a contract for them. Joining the UFW, as UFW first vice president Irv Hershenbaum told council members in…

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Incestuous UFW, ALRB relationship strips voting rights

ALRB General Counsel Sylvia Torres-Guillen never intended for peones to have a choice The Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) had silenced Gerawan farmworkers twice before but it could not stop them a third time when they appealed to Sacramento. After collecting signatures from thousands of Gerawan farmworkers – for the second time – the vast majority finally forced the ALRB to give them their right to hold an up-or-down vote on the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. UFW filed bogus…

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ALRB acts as UFW enforcer in Gerawan farmworkers’ case

Government agency informs workers of voting rights then repeatedly blocks election Having been abandoned by the UFW for more than 20 years, Gerawan farmworkers resisted when the union resurfaced in 2012, demanding that they be fired unless they fork over 3 percent of their pay. To the farmworkers, this was an unfair labor practice (ULP) – just the kind of issue the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) was created to investigate and prosecute. Instead, the ALRB’s new general counsel, Sylvia…

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AB 1389 would protect worker rights to protest ALRB

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 would benefit from such an imposition? Only outsiders would benefit:…

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Workers smash ALRB piñata at Fresno courthouse

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 contract would take more than $3 million a year from…

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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 Labor Relations Board refuses to even count their votes. Instead, ALRB…

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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 by the ALRB. “Many of Gerawan’s workers have traveled up…

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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. They are, in effect, a new set of rules imposed…

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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 the workers to be bound to a United Farm Workers…

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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 here wants, is our votes to be counted.” The workers…

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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 Gov. Jerry Brown expressing his support of the farm workers and…

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