Isadore Hall unleashes ‘obscenity-laced tirade’ at critics & threatens to abuse his authority to ‘get’ them

ALRB board designate Isadore Hall unleashed an “obscenity-laced tirade” at his critics and threatened to abuse his authority to “get” them, a state senator said in an open letter. Hall made the threatening rant in the Hyatt hotel in Sacramento the night before his March 1 confirmation hearing. The threats underscore Pick Justice’s concerns that Hall, who led a UFW march opposing farmworkers who voted to de-certify the union, is incapable of serving as an impartial farmworker advocate. Senator sent…

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Isadore Hall lied to senators about wanting to hear all sides

The very moment ALRB-designate Isadore Hall promised senators that he wanted to hear all sides in agricultural labor controversies, he was blocking Pick Justice from his own Twitter page. Here are excerpts of Hall’s testimony to senators at his March 2 confirmation hearing: “I will be a fair and just member of the board.” “My deep desire to be fair and just” on ALRB. Hall said he wanted “lack of bias” on ALRB concerning farmworkers and employers. Then he laughed.…

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Pick Justice shows up in force to oppose Isadore Hall for ALRB

Pick Justice members outnumbered UFW supporters two-to-one at the state Senate hearing to confirm politician Isadore Hall to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Our leader Silvia Lopez, a farmworker at Gerawan Farming, eloquently told senators why Hall is unfit to be an impartial member of the ALRB, which is required to be an unbiased advocate of farmworkers. The hearing took place on March 1. When Gerawan farmworkers were pleading with officials to pressure the ALRB to count their votes to…

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Alegria de la Cruz: Another UFW loyalist on ALRB

More proof that yet another leader of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is a UFW loyalist. Alegria de la Cruz, in this undated picture, is an ALRB attorney. She supervised the votes of more than 2,400 Gerawan farmworkers to de-certify the UFW in 2013. De la Cruz is shown in this picture, standing at the center in the back, wearing a UFW hat. This must have been a special occasion for de la Cruz, as the person who took the…

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Shiroma was allowed to ignore state impartiality standards

Genevieve Shiroma, the controversial ALRB member, has been allowed to ignore state impartiality standards since her first term began in 1999. Under state law, ALRB board members are required to be impartial on the issue of workers, employees and unions, and to avoid even the perception of partiality. Shiroma’s connections to a prominent UFW lobbyist, and her political donations to lawmakers who govern her powers on the ALRB board, show that she biased and therefore in violation of the law.…

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Shiroma, on defensive, insists she’s ‘absolutely an honorable person’

No longer able to hide from reporters and public scrutiny, ALRB board member Genevieve Shiroma had to face her accusers during her June 20 Senate confirmation hearing for another term. Senators repeatedly asked Shiroma about her bias toward the UFW, her financial and political relationship with UFW lobbyist Richie Ross, her political contributions to pro-UFW politicians, and her failure to account for ALRB spending to deny farmworkers the right to have their votes against the UFW counted. Finally, Shiroma stammered,…

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Summary of Shiroma’s disastrous Senate confirmation hearing

More information on Genevieve Shiroma’s disastrous performance before her California Senate Rules Committee confirmation hearing on June 20. We’ll have the transcripts soon: • Shiroma denied any bias toward the UFW, but none of the senators believed her. Republicans attacked Shiroma – and Democrats praised her – for her UFW bias. • Shiroma admitted everything that Pick Justice said about her long-term political and financial relationship with UFW lobbyist Richie Ross. Republicans attacked her for it, and Democrats praised her…

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ALRB staffer tells Senate why Shiroma shouldn’t be confirmed

In an unusual event, a staff member of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board went public before a state Senate committee to oppose Genevieve Shiroma for yet another term on the ALRB. Appearing nervous but speaking out bravely at the June 20 hearing, ALRB staff member Leslie Soule faced Shiroma, the Senate Rules Committee, and ALRB Chairman William Gould to accuse Shiroma of fostering an atmosphere of fear among the staff. Soule told senators of systematic bias toward the UFW among…

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Gould essay shows bias for forcing workers to pay unions

ALRB Chairman William B. Gould has created the appearance of impropriety in his public statements about unions, inflicting further damage on his agency’s reputation. He now argues that workers should be forced to pay dues to unions – against their will – in order to save what he calls a “declining labor movement.” He admits to partisan political motivations. Gould has been strangely silent about the controversies swirling around the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board’s bias toward the United Farm…

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Watch the video: Workers explain how ALRB exploits them

California farmworkers explain why they think the ALRB is a corrupt, exploitative state agency that abuses them by trying to force them to join a politically-connected union. Many of the workers, who came to America as immigrants, express dismay that the type of political corruption in their native countries is alive and well in California. “Perhaps they think that we are ignorant,” says one worker. “Perhaps they think that we are worthless.”

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ALRB’s Shiroma gave cash to Senator Steinberg, who then introduced legislation to empower ALRB

ALRB member Genevieve Shiroma gave a campaign contribution to state Senator Darrell Steinberg just before Steinberg introduced legislation to expand Shiroma’s power. The revelation is part of farmworker Silvia Lopez’s 267-page legal brief explaining why Shiroma should be disqualified to serve on the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. The Lopez brief states on page 16, “Shiroma was a political contributor to State Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg just before Sen. Steinberg introduced SB 25, which would have dramatically increased the powers…

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Massive 267-page brief outlines why Shiroma should be disqualified

Genevieve Shiroma should be disqualified from serving on the ALRB because of her long-standing financial and political connections to the UFW, a farmworker says in a massive 267-page brief. Through her attorney, farmworker Silvia Lopez says she “has been denied due process and a fair hearing in this matter due to prosecutorial misconduct, and faces a further violation of her statutory and Constitutional rights due if Member Shiroma is permitted to preside over this matter.” Lopez says that she and…

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Shiroma should be disqualified from serving on ALRB, farmworker says in complaint

Long-standing ALRB board member Genevieve Shiroma (@GenShiroma) is too tied in with the UFW and a prominent UFW lobbyist, and should be disqualified from serving another term, a farmworker alleges. Silvia Lopez, who has led a farmworker revolt in the San Joaquin Valley against the ALRB-UFW attempt to force a contract on the workers against their will, makes the allegation in a complaint filed earlier this week. Lopez’s attorney lays out Shiroma’s rap sheet, showing that ALRB’s credibility as a…

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Allegations of bias dog Silas Shawver as he leaves ALRB

As Silas Shawver leaves the ALRB under a cloud – following the sacking of his boss, Sylvia Torres-Guillen – continued allegations of bias continue to mount. An exchange of correspondence between labor attorney Paul J. Bauer and Shawver show a hailstorm of acrimony – and a pile of carefully organized evidence that remove all doubt about Shawver’s potentially illegal bias in favor of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. The original correspondence takes up six pages (available here Bauer letter to…

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