Conflicts of interest plague ALRB appointee Isadore Hall
Conflicts of interest plague Isadore Hall, the unemployed politician recently named to the ALRB. Judging by the angry resignation of ALRB Chairman William B. Gould IV, Hall’s appointment offends even him.
Here are some of Hall’s conflicts of interest at this early stage:
- UFW endorsement. During his failed congressional bid, Hall received and accepted the political support of the United Farm Workers, showing his bias in favor of the UFW. Outgoing ALRB Chairman Gould recently slammed the UFW for having “absolutely no interest in organizing the unorganized.”
- Voting for AB 1513. As a state senator, Hall voted to enact AB 1513, the controversial UFW-backed law that specifically targets an employer that ran afoul of the UFW and ALRB. The Ninth Circuit Court ruled that AB 1513 might be unconstitutional.
- Supporting wage theft. In voting for AB 1513, Hall pushed what some farmworkers call “wage theft” by letting favored employers get away with not paying what they owe their employees.
Hall will have to recuse himself from key ALRB decisions
All of this means that Isadore Hall will have to recuse himself from the ALRB’s most pressing decisions. Among them:
- Farmworker voter disenfranchisement. Hall’s ties to UFW mean the politician can’t be trusted to be “impartial” as the law requires on disputes among farmworkers, farmers, and the UFW. Right now, the ALRB’s biggest issue is its $10,000,000 suppression of ballots of 2,400 Gerawan farmworkers who voted in 2013 to decertify the UFW. Hall must recuse himself from any decision on that case.
- Anything to do with the UFW. Outgoing ALRB Chairman Gould says that 99% of California farmworkers are not unionized, so that means that the UFW represents less than 1% of all farmworkers in the state. Hall’s ties to the tiny union show that he should not make decisions affecting the UFW.
- Anything to do with wage theft or AB 1513. It isn’t possible for Hall to be an impartial arbiter on ALRB on matters concerning legislation that he backed and voted into law.
This means that Hall will have to be uninvolved in the ALRB’s most important and disputed issues at hand. Basically he won’t have to do anything to earn his $142,095 annual salary for what is basically a part-time job.
We will be checking Hall’s record very closely. However, his simple support for – and endorsement from – the UFW, and his support for a possibly unconstitutional law that legalizes wage theft from farmworkers, should disqualify Hall from serving on the Agricultural Labor Relations Board.