Newspaper editorial board stands with us: State shouldn’t help UFW pick our pockets

The recent California Supreme Court ruling “isn’t fair to anyone except union leaders who stand to collect 3 percent of the pay from workers who may not wish to be represented by the UFW at all. The last thing courts should do is pick the pockets of the people who pick the fruit.” That’s what the Orange County Register editors concluded in a rebuke of the state’s high court. “The United Farm Workers union won a victory over Gerawan Farming, Inc.,…

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California Supreme Court affirms State power to force UFW contracts on workers

PICK JUSTICE NEWS RELEASE / FRESNO – The California Supreme Court didn’t surprise anyone when it overturned a lower court’s ruling that state agencies cannot coerce farmworkers into United Farm Workers contracts. But the justices did uphold the right of workers to choose whether or not they wanted UFW representation. “We anticipated that the Supreme Court would side with the state’s political leaders to force contracts on us to benefit the politically-connected UFW,” said Pick Justice leader Silvia Lopez. “The…

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La Suprema Corte de California niega el derecho a los trabajadores campesinos a elegir contratos forzados

La Suprema Corte de California niega el derecho a los trabajadores campesinos a elegir contratos forzados. La decisión NO quita nuestro derecho si queremos o no ser representados por la UFW. FRESNO – La Suprema Corte de California, no sorprendió a nadie cuando revocó la decisión de un tribunal inferior, quien dijo que las agencias estatales no pueden forzar a los trabajadores campesinos a contratos con la Unión de Campesinos (UFW). Pero los jueces defendieron el derecho de los trabajadores…

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California officially puts the dying UFW on life support

The United Farm Workers is dying, and everybody knows it. Its aging leadership – Chavez family members and their cronies – have run the union for 20, 30, even more than 40 years. They’ve run the UFW right into the ground. The UFW is under a court order to pay as much as $2 million to its own employees whom it had cheated. Paid membership has collapsed more than 90 percent. Today, the UFW represents less than 1 percent of…

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UFW says it ‘vehemently’ opposes Pick Justice leader to appear before Supreme Court

The United Farm Workers “vehemently” opposes Pick Justice leader Silvia Lopez to make an opening argument before the California Supreme Court. A major constitutional issue is at stake at the September 5 hearing. The state and the UFW seek to force farmworkers to submit to a UFW contract that would cut their take-home pay and deny them the right to have a say in the contract. “The UFW vehemently opposes Lopez’s request” to be given time to state her case…

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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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Unions settle for $11 minimum wage in 2018, when Gerawan workers earned that in 2014

In a deal with Governor Jerry Brown, California unions have agreed to an $11 hourly minimum wage. But they agreed that their members will have to wait for their money until 2018. Non-union Gerawan workers have been earning that as their base pay since 2014. Details of the deal are still leaking out this night before Easter, and Governor Brown won’t have an official announcement until Monday. But here’s what we know from the Los Angeles Times: The unions are…

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ALRB Chairman Gould says contractors should be unionized

Displaying his bias that contractors should be unionized, ALRB Chairman William B. Gould says that contractor drivers for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft should be unionized. Gould won’t talk to reporters about agricultural workers who don’t want to be forced to join a union. And he won’t explain why he hasn’t allowed the Gerawan workers’ UFW decertification ballots – cast in 2013 – to be counted. His December 18 comment to International Business Times shows his personal bias for contractors to…

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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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