Cesar Chavez Foundation fired woman who complained of discrimination & harassment, suit alleges

The Cesar Chavez Foundation fired its communications executive after she complained of discrimination, sexual harassment, and a range of other abuses. a new lawsuit alleges. CCF management may have been involved with “improper and unethical financial dealings,” made disparaging and “sexist” comments to demean UFW veteran Dolores Huerta and homophobic comments against gays, according to the suit. Jessica Estrella filed suit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against the CCF and its chairman and president, Paul F. Chavez, alleging “retaliation,…

Continue reading

UFW backs ‘overwhelming establishment favorite’ for US Senate

The United Farm Workers (UFW) has backed what the Los Angeles Times calls the “overwhelming establishment favorite” for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer. The UFW is supporting candidate Kamala Harris against Loretta Sanchez. That says a lot about the UFW, which represents only 1 percent of California farmworkers but claims to represent them all. The UFW endorsed Wall Street favorite Hillary Clinton during the California Democratic presidential primary against people’s candidate Bernie Sanders. Lots of progressives…

Continue reading

Washington establishment pours cash into campaign of Dolores Huerta’s son

The political establishment in Washington, D.C. is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the “all but dead” congressional campaign of Dolores Huerta’s son. The Democratic House Majority Political Action Committee “pumped $390,000 into a television attack ad” against Congressman David Valadao to benefit Dolores Huerta’s son who is challenging the lawmaker, the Bakersfield Californian reports. Lawyer Emilio Huerta’s congressional bid for the 21st district was “all but dead” until the money from the Washington establishment started flowing in, according…

Continue reading

By its own figures, UFW represents only 1% of farmworkers

It’s official. By the UFW’s own figures, it is part of the 1%. We are the 99%. The UFW claims to have only about 10,000 members. UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta now says that there are “more than one million California farm workers.” Ten thousand is 1 percent of one million. Pick Justice is the 99 percent. End of argument.

Continue reading

Dolores Huerta describes how UFW is moving its operations offshore

UFW is focusing its operations offshore, union co-founder Dolores Huerta says. Huerta tells The Progressive, “the UFW is taking action in Mexico, Central, and South America against miserable farm worker pay and conditions and is working to produce safer, higher quality food while improving wages and other protections.” Huerta has come a long way from the days that she denounced foreign-born farmworkers as “wetbacks.” Agricultural Labor Relations Board Chairman William Gould lamented in January that UFW organizing in California “has…

Continue reading

Farmworker demands probe of UFW unfair labor practices

The farmworker who has led the fight for her fellow laborers to have the right to vote on union representation is calling for a probe of the UFW’s unfair labor practices. Seldom is a union accused of unfair labor practices, but farmworker Silvia Lopez isn’t taking it any more. The San Joaquin Valley fruit farm laborer also alleges that the ALRB has silenced workers who oppose the UFW in order to protect the politically-connected union. “Part of the challenge for…

Continue reading

Susan Sarandon debunks Dolores Huerta

Actress Susan Sarandon has taken on UFW warhorse Dolores Huerta, discrediting the once-influential labor figure in a series of social media comments. Farmworkers have criticized Huerta for being a has-been relic of an age long past, and for not standing up for the workers of today, who feel that the UFW is in cahoots with the ALRB. Many or most of today’s California farmworkers weren’t even alive when Huerta was an active union organizer. Wearing Hillary Clinton campaign bling at…

Continue reading

Governor Brown introduces Latina farmworkers, past and future

As if shepherding the transition between the old and the new, California Governor Jerry Brown introduced UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta to the face of 21st century farmworkers: Silvia Lopez. At the festive Sacramento gala marking the 40th anniversary of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, Governor Brown recognized the 39 year-old Gerawan farmworker, calling her “the famous Silvia Lopez.” Brown posed with 85 year-old Huerta – a giant in the farmworker movement – and Lopez for what he must have sensed…

Continue reading