In the News
Silas Shawver, the union activist who led efforts in the San Joaquin Valley to battle farmworkers who didn’t want to be forced to join the UFW, is out at the ALRB.
In a surprise move on the 40th anniversary of the ALRB, Governor Jerry Brown fired Sylvia Torres-Guillen as ALRB general counsel.
The ALRB’s top activist lawyers went on the record about their “impartiality” that the law requires.
First Amendment advocates are urging a California court to strike down the ALRB’s unconstitutional closed-door practices.
In a Fresno court filing today, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the First Amendment Coalition asked the California Court of Appeal to strike down an order of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) that bars workers, the public, and the press from attending “on the record” hearings conducted as part of the Board’s compulsory contracting process.
The Agricultural Labor Relations Board is an independent governing body that oversees relations between California Central Valley farmers and the United Farmworkers of America, the union that wants to represent them.
Gerawan farmworkers voted to give their trust to Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers (UFW).
In 1990, they voted to certify the UFW as their collective bargaining representative. Then the UFW disappeared.
Non-unionized farmworkers, whom the ALRB is trying to force to join the UFW, earn more than workers producing products or performing services for some of America’s most favorite, trendy companies.
They earn a lot more than farmworkers represented by the UFW.
Hearing officers and clerical staff of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) earn about the same – or less – as Gerawan Farming workers.
The ALRB is shaking down farm workers to force them to pay the permanent jobs of UFW bosses.