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New ALRB Visalia director: A UFW man since he was 12

Chris Schneider is ALRB’s new Regional Director in Visalia under the state agency’s Office of General Counsel.

Schneider never finished college. And he doesn’t have a law degree. But that doesn’t matter because he’s a UFW-certified legal activist.

Schneider’s relationship with the UFW goes back before most farmworkers were born.

UFW chief laughs with Houweling CEO at big industry convention

UFW President Arturo Rodriguez (right) and a big farm CEO share a laugh at an industry convention in Florida.

UFW activist Shawver not listed on public version of ALRB staff directory

The ALRB has not listed Deputy General Counsel Silas Shawver on the public version of its staff directory, raising more questions about why the agency remains so secretive.

Shiroma’s secretive ALRB has no public events on its calendar

The secretive Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is in virtual shutdown since Genevieve Shiroma’s reappointment to the board last summer. At least in public.

Transcript: Senator de Leon denied translations of farmworkers’ statements

Senate President Kevin de Leon prevented farmworkers who disagreed with him from having their comments translated from Spanish to English.

Shiroma, on defensive, insists she’s ‘absolutely an honorable person’

No longer able to hide from reporters and public scrutiny, ALRB board member Genevieve Shiroma had to face her accusers during her June 20 Senate confirmation hearing for another term.

Summary of Shiroma’s disastrous Senate confirmation hearing

More information on Genevieve Shiroma’s disastrous performance before her California Senate Rules Committee confirmation hearing on June 20. We’ll have the transcripts soon:

UFW man joins mob assault on woman because of her political views

A UFW man joined a mob of other men, laughing as they spat on her, threw garbage and eggs at her, and hurled other abuses at her – all because she supports a presidential candidate that they don’t like.


Sacramento Bee’s fact-checker can’t get his facts right

The political fact-checker for the Sacramento Bee can’t get his facts right when critiquing an ad campaign against Senator Darrell Steinberg, who is running for mayor of the state capital.


State Senate President de Leon tells UFW it must fight for workers to earn $10 an hour

The UFW must fight for California farmworkers to earn a $10 minimum wage. That’s what state Senate President Kevin de Leon told the UFW convention this weekend in Bakersfield.