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Happy Cesar Chavez Day: ALRB spends $10 million to deprive workers of voting rights

We pause on this year’s Cesar Chavez Day to reflect on the fact that, even in the 21st century, people in America are still denied their voting rights.

The political elites in Sacramento continue to deny hard-working farm laborers the right to have their votes counted in accordance with state law.

The following infographic, produced by the highest-paying labor employer in the state farming industry, tells the story. It’s a story of how the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is spending $10 million in tax dollars to deprive 2,600 farmworkers of their voting rights. It also describes how that money could have been used to help poor farmworkers in other parts of California.


UFW lobbyist & Shiroma campaigner Richie Ross: “Cheating is OK.”

“Because we’re teaching you about lobbying in this class, cheating is OK,” lobbyist Richie Ross told Sacramento State students. “Shortcuts.”


Unions settle for $11 minimum wage in 2018, when Gerawan workers earned that in 2014

In a deal with Governor Jerry Brown, California unions have agreed to an $11 hourly minimum wage.

But they agreed that their members will have to wait for their money until 2018.

Non-union Gerawan workers have been earning that as their base pay since 2014.

 


New report shows ALRB spending $10,000,000 to suppress Gerawan worker ballots

The ALRB is spending more than $4,100 to suppress each farmworker ballot from a 2013 vote to decertify the UFW.

The ALRB is spending more than $10 million to suppress the ballots of 2,600 farmworkers who voted on whether to de-certify the United Farm Workers (UFW) as their representative.


Genevieve Shiroma’s conflict of interests


Lawmaker says ALRB’s Shiroma must step down for ‘unethical behavior’

ALRB member Genevieve Shiroma must be “removed” from the board because of “unethical behavior,” a California state lawmaker said today.


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.


ALRB’s Shiroma gave cash to Senator Steinberg, who then introduced legislation to empower ALRB

ALRB member Genevieve Shiroma gave a campaign contribution to state Senator Darrell Steinberg just before Steinberg introduced legislation to expand Shiroma’s power.


Massive 267-page brief outlines why Shiroma should be disqualified

Genevieve Shiroma should be disqualified from serving on the ALRB because of her long-standing financial and political connections to the UFW, a farmworker says in a massive 267-page brief.


Videos show thousands of anti-ALRB farmworkers