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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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 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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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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Times-Delta: ALRB general counsel is rigging ‘UFW to be the winner in every election’

ALRB General Counsel Sylvia Torres Guillen has twisted her authority and rigged the system to make “the UFW to be the winner in every election” among California farm workers. In an op-ed for the Visalia Times-Delta, agricultural writer Don Curlee praises ALRB Chairman William B. Gould for recent steps to rein in the out-of-control general counsel (GC). Without mentioning Torres Guillen by name, Curlee says that the present GC, “appointed two years ago” by Governor Jerry Brown, “demonstrated close ties…

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