UFW wants to protect some workers from deportation, but not if they oppose the union

The UFW takes two positions on foreign workers in the US under H2-A agricultural labor visas. Don’t let them get fired, because under the H2-A seasonal worker visa system, they will be deported. Fire any H2-A workers who oppose the UFW (and let them get deported). Here’s the latest: UFW Vice President Erik Nicholson says foreign farmworkers on H2-A visas are vulnerable to abuses, because if they complain about conditions, they risk getting fired, and if they get fired, they…

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300 mushroom workers protest UFW; union in cahoots to slash wages

Hundreds of mushroom workers are rising up against the UFW, accusing the union of being in cahoots with the employer to slash workers’ wages. Edith Ruiz, a leader of 300 Monterey Mushrooms protesters, says that the UFW and the company want to cut the workers’ salaries almost in half – to minimum wage – and that the UFW is trying to convince the workers to go along. “We are demonstrating because they what to lower our salaries,” Ruiz told Stephanie…

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Like a plague of locusts, UFW lays waste to blueberry farm

This was once a thriving blueberry farm that employed hundreds of people. The UFW unionized the workers last May. UFW claimed that $17 an hour wasn’t enough money to pick berries. Now the Klein farm in McFarland is closing down. This picture shows all that’s left of the once-productive blueberry fields. Supported by The Militant and other groups, the UFW backed a strike the day after Klein Management announced a reduction in the piece rate for every pound of blueberries harvested. Blueberry…

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UFW exempts itself from new overtime law

UFW used its influence with politicians to exempt itself from California’s new overtime law. “They’ve changed the rules of the game, which now they’re excluded from, but everyone else has to comply. So, they’ve literally re-written the rules to put themselves in safer because they don’t have to comply and everyone else does,” Assemblyman Devon Mathis told CBS Fresno. The UFW claims that that’s a lie. So CBS ran the wording of AB 1066, the new overtime law, past legal expert…

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