Bureaucratic blocked ‘bowels’ flush ALRB into self-destruct mode

Never effective at anything except depriving farmworkers of their votes, the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board is spinning out in self-destruct mode. The latest problem: Isadore Hall, the failed politician appointed to the ALRB to replace chairman William B. Gould IV, who quit in a huff over the flaccid California bureaucracy’s resistance to his plan to have the government do what the United Farm Workers is supposed to do. Even though Pick Justice disagreed with Gould, we credit him for at…

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New York Times looks at ‘collapse’ of California’s organized farmworker movement

California’s organized farm worker movement is in such a state of collapse that the New York Times has started to pay attention. The New York Times doesn’t blame the growers. In a remarkable article, it lays blame squarely on the United Farm Workers (UFW) union and its government protector, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB). The former ALRB chief, in turn, blames undocumented workers, who don’t want to organize in unions. To the obvious dismay of ALRB Chairman William Gould, who…

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Forced labor: Gould confirmed what we knew about his agenda

When he quit last week, ALRB Chairman William Gould revealed a lot of his vision for the troubled state agency. He said, in essence, that the ALRB should force labor unions on farmworkers. In his resignation letter to Governor Jerry Brown, Gould confirmed what we suspected all along: He wanted ALRB to be a government unionization enforcer. Gould made it clear that he wanted ALRB to be a unionization tool, and not an impartial farmworker advocate between unions and employers.…

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Full text of Gould’s resignation letter to Governor Brown

Here is the full text of ALRB Chairman William Gould’s resignation letter to Governor Jerry Brown on January 13, 2017, as provided by the Los Angeles Times. We have highlighted the pertinent sections in bold. Images of the letter appear at the end. Dear Governor Brown, I write to advise you that I am resigning as Chairman of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, effective no later than 5:00 PM Wednesday, February 22, 2017. It has been my honor to serve…

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Gould agrees with what we have been saying: UFW is lazy and does not represent 99% of us

In his angry parting words to Governor Jerry Brown, ALRB Chairman William B. Gould admitted what Pick Justice has been saying along: the UFW has become a lazy, phony union and it does not represent 99% of farmworkers. The UFW, Gould said, has “absolutely no interest in organizing the unorganized.” It was a pretty shocking thing to say for a lifelong union man who has done so much to help ALRB serve as a UFW instrument. But Gould said it…

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ALRB Chairman Gould quits in ‘angry’ rage

The ALRB’s only respected member has quit in what the Los Angeles Times describes as an “angry letter” to Governor Jerry Brown. Adding insult to injury is that fact that ALRB Chairman William B. Gould IV, a Berkeley law professor emeritus and former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, made a show of resigning after his term had already expired, but while he remained until a replacement was confirmed. The other two ALRB board members, Genevieve Shiroma and Cathryn…

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ALRB pushes fake UFW line about the employer it targeted

The California Agricultural Labor Relations Board is pushing a fake UFW line to attack a company and its workers. The state agency, known as ALRB, lied in claiming that Gerawan Farming “refused to provide” accurate contact information for its thousands of workers, so that the UFW could organize. In a three-year campaign to prevent Gerawan farmworkers from voting to de-certify the UFW, the ALRB made the allegation in three separate complaints. However, the ALRB flip-flopped by saying that the company:…

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ALRB Chairman Gould says indigenous workers are too ignorant to read their own languages

Indigenous farmworkers are too ignorant or stupid to read their own languages, ALRB Chairman William Gould said in an interview, which is why the ALRB must send “lawyers” to read to them and show them videos. “Only academics read” native languages, Gould stated, rejecting the suggestion that employers display posters for the workers to read. “I don’t think that many of the farmers are academics.” Gould: ‘These indigenous languages are something that only academics read.’ California Ag Today asked Gould…

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Prominent ag columnist calls ALRB dishonest, cheating, & bordering on ‘criminal misrepresentation’

“For anybody with the integrity to view the circumstances honestly the status of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is truly astounding in its embrace of dishonesty, partiality and cheating,” Don Curlee wrote in the Agricultural Action Committee’s newsletter, Ag Accent. “The prevailing status at the ALRB level has exceeded intellectual and political favoritism, and descended to a level that approaches criminal misrepresentation,” Curlee wrote in the May 15 edition. “The absolute breaking point was the board’s decision to disallow…

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ALRB exposes corruption of one-party state (like PRI in Mexico)

The Agricultural Labor Relations Board fiasco to suppress the votes of farmworkers has exposed the corruption of one-party states throughout history. In California’s one-party state reminiscent of Mexico’s PRI, the ALRB operates like a kangaroo court. Steven Greenhut of Sacramento writes about the ironies in a thoughtful American Spectator article. “People vote in an election. The government suspects the vote will go against its allies, so it seizes the ballots. Officials overseeing the election seem to be in cahoots with the suspected losers. They hold…

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Gould says he won’t permit employer to be ‘benevolent champion’ of employees’ rights

The Chairman of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board says that his agency will not permit farmers to become “benevolent champion” of employers’ rights. In a bizarre statement that sounds more like an ideological commitment to class conflict than to ensuring peace in the fields, ALRB Chairman William B. Gould IV said: “The Board cannot permit an employer to become the benevolent champion of its employee’s rights.” (See page 75 of the ALRB ruling.) Elitist view Gould is saying that the government…

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Gould essay shows bias for forcing workers to pay unions

ALRB Chairman William B. Gould has created the appearance of impropriety in his public statements about unions, inflicting further damage on his agency’s reputation. He now argues that workers should be forced to pay dues to unions – against their will – in order to save what he calls a “declining labor movement.” He admits to partisan political motivations. Gould has been strangely silent about the controversies swirling around the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board’s bias toward the United Farm…

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Gould admits that UFW isn’t working, and that ag workers don’t want unions

Word is spreading nationwide that ALRB Chairman William Gould has admitted that California’s agricultural unions aren’t doing their job, and that farm workers don’t want the unions. Gould’s January 28 admission to a business group in Monterey has made the news in Washington, DC. Not only did Gould accuse the agricultural unions of failing to organize in the fields, as we reported yesterday. Gould said that, ever since he has been ALRB chairman, not a single group of farm workers…

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ALRB Chairman Gould says UFW activity “has completely disappeared”

The UFW and other unions are doing nothing for agricultural workers, ALRB Chairman William Gould said in a January 28 speech. “Union organizational activity in California agriculture at this moment is completely moribund,” Gould told the Agricultural Personnel Management Association’s 36th Annual Forum in Monterey. Underlining his point, Gould stated, “union activity has completely disappeared” among farmworkers. Even more emphatically, he said with an exclamation point, “union organizing has diminished to the point of non-existence!” That’s a blistering indictment of…

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