ALRB makes UFW tell Gerawan workers they have a right not to be in union

In another Christmas present for California farmworkers, the ALRB has ordered the UFW to inform Gerawan workers that they have a right to de-certify the UFW. This is what Pick Justice has been arguing all along. For the ALRB to acknowledge existing law – and to compel the UFW to inform workers of their rights – is a huge and welcome surprise. The ALRB also compelled the UFW to inform workers that they have the right “to act together with…

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Employer Gerawan encourages workers to fight for their rights

It isn’t often in California that an employer encourages workers to fight for their rights. But that’s what Dan Gerawan did two weeks ago. California Ag Today, an industry publication, got a transcript of Gerawan’s statement to workers after the November state Supreme Court decision affirming State power to coerce workers into a contract from a politically favored union. Importantly, the Supreme Court did uphold the right of farmworkers to choose their union, or choose whether they want a union…

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State lawmakers finally consider pro-farmworker legislation

California lawmakers are considering legislation that will actually help farmworkers. This doesn’t seem to be a standard political payoff to the UFW, but a real law that really protects farmworkers and not special interests. The Opportunity to Work Act, introduced by Assembly Members Gonzalez and Kaira last week, would make employers offer extra work to existing employees before bringing on more employees of subcontractors. If enacted, the bill, AB 5,  would permit employees to file complaints against – and even…

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