The United Farm Workers (UFW) has backed what the Los Angeles Times calls the “overwhelming establishment favorite” for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer. The UFW is supporting candidate Kamala Harris against Loretta Sanchez.
The political establishment in Washington, D.C. is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the “all but dead” congressional campaign of Dolores Huerta’s son.
A Latino Lives Matter activist admits that nobody acts as a voice for Latinos at the national level.
They got no support from the United Farm Workers (UFW), because the UFW is in cahoots with a big retailer.
UFW used its influence with politicians to exempt itself from California’s new overtime law.
More proof that yet another leader of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is a UFW loyalist.
Many union organizers have objected to the United Farm Workers’ old-boy network that they say marginalizes women, indigenous people, and political progressives. They’ve kept their complaints quiet for fear of upsetting the political establishment in Sacramento. Those politicians, led by Senator Kevin de Leon and Governor Jerry Brown, have pretended not to notice the UFW’s backwardness.
The UFW has organized only 1 percent of farmworkers in California and is deficient in many ways. Yet it’s moving its operations offshore to Mexico and Central America to organize cheap labor for big business like Costco. Farmworkers are being sold out.
It’s official. By the UFW’s own figures, it is part of the 1%. We are the 99%.
The UFW isn’t as powerful as people like to think. It can’t even unite Democrats in Sacramento to support its controversial overtime legislation.