New farmworkers reject UFW and start their own union

New farmworkers in the Western United States increasingly prefer to start their own union – or have no union at all – instead of joining the UFW. Presently, the UFW’s entire membership represents less than 1 percent of farmworkers in California alone. Almost nobody wants to join the UFW any more. “UFW has become lazy. UFW’s leaders are just milking the nostalgia for César Chávez from almost a half-century ago,” said Silvia Lopez of Pick Justice. “UFW doesn’t benefit the…

Continue reading

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…

Continue reading

Farmworkers are better off without ALRB-UFW protection racket

Gerawan farmworkers voted to give their trust to Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers (UFW). In 1990, they voted to certify the UFW as their collective bargaining representative. Then the UFW disappeared. For twenty years, Gerawan farmworkers heard nothing from the UFW. The UFW never communicated with them. Nobody from the UFW came out to the fields to talk to them. The UFW never negotiated a contract for them. Joining the UFW, as UFW first vice president Irv Hershenbaum told council members in…

Continue reading

It’s surprising how much more non-unionized farmworkers earn than others

Non-unionized farmworkers, whom the ALRB is trying to force to join the UFW, earn more than workers producing products or performing services for some of America’s most favorite, trendy companies. They earn a lot more than farmworkers represented by the UFW. The base pay for unskilled Gerawan farm laborers is $11.00 per hour, with the average Gerawan hourly field labor wage being $12.07. This is well above the U.S. minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, and the California minimum wage…

Continue reading

Gerawan field laborers earn more than some ALRB employees

Hearing officers and clerical staff of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) earn about the same – or less – as Gerawan Farming workers. Gerawan pays its field laborers a base pay of $11.00 an hour, annualized to about $22,000 a year. Field laborers can earn as much as $15.00 per hour, annualized to $30,000 a year. According to Gerawan’s wage data, its average wages for grape harvesters in 2014 were $16.27 an hour, annualized at $32,540 per year. Average…

Continue reading