Court slaps $1.2 million judgment on UFW for cheating its employees

The UFW has cheated is own employees of their wages, and must pay them $885,000 in back pay, a Monterey County court has found. With penalties added, the UFW will be out $1.2 million. Reporting the judgment, the Los Angeles Times noted the irony. “The union founded on the principle of protecting wage abuses will have to shell out” the money because it abused its own workers, the Times reported. The UFW fired the main plaintiff, Francisco Cerritos, because he…

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Workers sue over state-sanctioned ‘wage theft’ (and UFW supports the theft)

UFW-approved California law allows employers to keep part of what they owe workers in back pay. So the workers are suing the state over what they call “wage theft.” “Farmworkers are suing the state of California over a law they say sanctions wage theft by protecting businesses who didn’t pay their employees,” the Desert Sun reports. The workers say that the UFW-backed law limits the amount of money workers can collect, and lets (politically connected) businesses get away with not paying penalties…

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