The California Supreme Court didn’t surprise anyone when it overturned a lower court’s ruling that state agencies cannot coerce farmworkers into United Farm Workers contracts. But the justices did uphold the right of workers to choose whether or not they wanted UFW representation.
The United Farm Workers is dying, and everybody knows it.
Its aging leadership – Chavez family members and their cronies – have run the union for 20, 30, even more than 40 years.
Everything Arturo Rodriguez touches – from the UFW that he leads, to the Cesar Chavez Foundation & Radio Campesina – look tainted with sleaze.
Once again, the UFW conglomerate has broken the law. This time, it’s a repeat offender.
In what farmworkers fear is a case of stepped-up government harassment and intimidation, a California Deputy Attorney General was caught photographing protesters outside a state courthouse.
This week marks four years since the State of California denied thousands of farmworkers the voting rights that they are guaranteed under the law.
The UFW has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a case filed by its own workers. The union is not admitting that it cheated it workers, as the employees alleged.
The United Farm Workers has allowed its membership to shrink to a tiny fraction of what it was. This has crippled UFW’s ability to stay solvent to defend worker rights.
UFW members on four California farms will have as much as $2 million taken from their paychecks to settle a court judgment against the UFW union.
Gerawan workers who say that the UFW abandoned them for 20 years are pushing a “bogus issue,” UFW spokesman Marc Grossman says.
Decades ago, with César Chávez, Marc Grossman invested his life fighting for farmworkers.