Anti-UFW posters cause a stir in Central Valley

Across the Central Valley, people are talking about Pick Justice’s posters warning that the UFW damages the jobs of its own dues-paying members, while wasting their hard-earned money on lawsuits and legal judgments. Our posters, in Spanish, appeared over the past week at roadsides, farms, convenience stores, and gas stations. “Farmworkers of the UFW lose their jobs!” the poster reads in Spanish. “Farmworkers under UFW contract will pay millions for the UFW’s labor violations.” There’s even a code that links…

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UFW cheated workers – so each UFW member must pay $233

Every dues-paying member of the UFW is paying $233 of their dues money to reimburse UFW workers who the union leadership cheated. A court settlement between the UFW and its employees – who were abused, cheated, and retaliated against for trying to start their own union – means that the $1,300,000 settlement must be paid with dues from the UFW’s remaining dues-paying members. The UFW has only 5,580 dues-paying members left. That means that each dues-paying member must pay $233…

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UFW membership has shrunk to 5,580 paying members nationwide

The United Farm Workers has allowed its membership to shrink to a tiny fraction of what it was. This has crippled UFW’s ability to stay solvent to defend worker rights. UFW’s official dues-paying membership is now only 5,580 people in the entire United States, according to the Los Angeles Times. There are more than 700,000 farmworkers in the state of California alone. Even if all paid UFW members were in California, the entire membership would represent only 0.79 percent of…

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Court to take $2 million from workers’ paychecks to settle UFW judgment

UFW members on four California farms will have as much as $2 million taken from their paychecks to settle a court judgment against the UFW union. The money is to be garnished from the 3% of wages that would ordinarily go to the UFW as dues. The dues are intended to support UFW collective bargaining activity on the workers’ behalf. Instead, the Los Angeles Times reports, the money is going to fund a $1.2 million court judgment against UFW employees…

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Marc Grossman used to fight for farmworkers. Now he fights against them.

Decades ago, with César Chávez, Marc Grossman invested his life fighting for farmworkers. Now, in the twilight of his career, Marc Grossman is fighting against farmworkers. He’s even serving as a spokesman to help defeat farmworkers in court. And he trash-talks farmworkers whom the UFW abandoned decades ago, calling their concerns “bogus.” It’s a sad story about a man who had devoted his life to improving the well-being of the very hard-working agricultural laborers in California. Like the UFW itself,…

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UFW spokesman says our concerns are a ‘bogus issue’

Gerawan workers who say that the UFW abandoned them for 20 years are pushing a “bogus issue,” UFW spokesman Marc Grossman says. On the steps of the California Supreme Court, Grossman told California Ag Today that our complaints about the UFW have no merit. Yet he insists that the UFW is the true representative of Gerawan workers. Grossman would not speak to Pick Justice outside the courthouse, even though he claims to represent all Gerawan workers. He watched our protest,…

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Silvia Lopez unmasks 3rd UFW fake Gerawan farmworker

A third UFW person has been caught masquerading as a Gerawan Farming worker. The individual, whose name is not known, was part of the small UFW contingent protesting at the California Supreme Court on September 5, as a hearing began on whether the state can force UFW contracts on workers who don’t want them. Pick Justice activists – all real farmworkers employed at Gerawan Farming – called out to the UFW marchers to ask who was from Gerawan. One of…

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Real farmworkers swamp UFW activists at Supreme Court

Real Gerawan farmworkers outnumbered the UFW contingent at the California Supreme Court yesterday, as the floundering union failed to deliver the “hundreds” of workers it pledged to bring from around the state. UFW didn’t organize any Gerawan workers to join its protest in support of state power to force UFW contracts on unwilling farmworkers. Gerawan workers, mostly in blue Pick Justice shirts, outnumbered the UFW presence by at least 2 or 3 to 1. In the week before the September…

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United Fake Workers: How UFW uses falsehoods to push its agenda

United Fake Workers is a new website that briefly explains how the UFW uses falsehoods to advance its agenda. A project of Pick Justice, UnitedFakeWorkers.com shows how the UFW deceives the public – including its own supporters. The UFW uses falsehoods and lies to push its policy goals, its fundraising activity, its street protester recruitment drives, and its public petitions to get merchants to pressure those who provide fresh produce. UFW aims its falsehood campaigns against employers as well as farmworkers…

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UFW features 2nd fake farmworker in 2 weeks

UFW is using yet another fake Gerawan farmworker to make its case in preparation for the September 5 Supreme Court hearing. The California Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of the state being empowered to force UFW contracts on farmworkers. As it begs for more money and people to fill six buses of protesters to the Supreme Court, the UFW posted an appeal from someone it says is a Gerawan worker who has been on the job for more than…

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UFW still can’t name ANY real Gerawan workers who support its claims

Despite claiming to speak for thousands of Gerawan farmworkers, the UFW can’t name ANY who actually support the union. Last week, Pick Justice exposed the UFW for using a fake Gerawan worker as the personality to promote a petition to grocery stores. When we exposed the fake worker on Twitter, UFW pulled down its story, then put up a modified story with the fake worker’s name and picture taken out. UFW still can’t find a real Gerawan worker to speak…

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UFW can’t recruit 1 busload of Gerawan protesters, so it raises money to pay surrogates

So few Gerawan farmworkers support the UFW that the union can’t recruit enough to fill a single bus. Instead, UFW is raising money to send six busloads of other workers (or people pretending to be real farmworkers) to San Francisco on September 5 to protest outside the state Supreme Court. “The UFW is pretty much admitting that it doesn’t have any support among 5,000 Gerawan farmworkers,” observed Pick Justice leader Silvia Lopez. UFW more careful after being caught promoting fake…

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Gerawan workers staged largest farmworker protests in state history. See the videos.

They came out by the thousands – more than César Chávez could recruit at the height of his popularity. They took to the streets in the largest farmworker protests in California history. They were some of the thousands of hard-working people at Gerawan Farming. And they wanted nothing to do with the UFW. TV news coverage repeatedly reported that “thousands” of Gerawan workers protested against the UFW and its state enforcer, the ALRB. Here are four videos to show the…

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UFW and the State can’t silence us. We are the biggest farmworker protest ever.

What if the racists and machine politicians had silenced Martin Luther King and César Chávez? There would have been no civil rights movements for African-Americans and Latinos. That was then. In the 21st century, the machine politicians in Sacramento turned back the clock. They have been trying to silence the new farmworker movement in California. They are failing. This video tells part of our story of resistance to the corrupted and abusive United Farm Workers (UFW) and its unelected government…

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