Fresno Bee shows farm workers shouting down UFW

Hundreds of farm workers shouted down UFW organizers outside a state courthouse in Fresno April 14. The Fresno Bee covered the confrontation on video. Orange-shirted UFW organizers can be seen holding signs seeking to compel the workers to accept a contract, with the workers responding with chants of “Fuera!” meaning “get out of here” or “go away.” Judging by the video, the UFW had more signs than people to hold them. In an accompanying article, the Fresno Bee reports that,…

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Forbes: ALRB is ‘refusing to count’ farm workers’ votes

The ALRB is refusing to count the votes of farm workers who don’t want to pay 3 percent of their income to a union that they feels doesn’t represent them. “The workers, from Fresno-based Gerawan Farming, voted in a decertification election last November to rid themselves of the United Farm Workers (UFW) union once and for all,” Forbes reports. “But the authorities at the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) are refusing the count those votes. For almost a year…

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CA farmworkers feel bullied by ALRB

California farmworkers say that they are being bullied when they try to vote on whether or not to be represented by organized labor unions. “At their best, labor unions are something simple: they bring employees who share the same workplace into a collaborative relationship – independent not only of management, but also of any outside supervisors,” James Poulos writes in the Daily Beast. “At their worst, unions aren’t bottom-up organizations. They are, in effect, a new set of rules imposed…

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