Shawver renews controversies about himself. Let’s review them.

ALRB assistant general counsel Silas Shawver has renewed controversies about himself.

His August, 2017 letter to Pick Justice, claiming without proof that the ALRB did not fire him in 2015, allows us to revisit some of the reasons why the UFW legal activist is potentially breaking state law requiring him to be impartial while in public service.


Shawver is a practicing attorney on the state payroll, so he knows the importance of providing evidence to substantiate or refute claims.


Here are some of the stories we have run that document Shawver’s misconduct. He did not dispute any of the allegations below in his August, 2017 letter:

  • “Court rips Shawver, suggests ALRB is ‘in cahoots,’” October 30, 2013.
  • “ALRB overrules Shawver’s effort to stop workers from voting,” November 2, 2013.
  • “Shawver admits ALRB hasn’t counted worker ballots & has no plan to do so,” May 21, 2014.
  • “Federal court denies Shawver’s request for immunity,” July 31, 2014.
  • “ALRB’s Shawver disregards sworn petition of 800 farmworkers,” September 12, 2014.
  • “Stop workers from voting. Don’t count their ballots,” March 19, 2015.
  • “ALRB is breaking the law,” March 24, 2015.
  • “Use fake stories, with fake people,” March 28, 2015.
  • “ALRB has hidden its page about its duty to help workers vote against union representation,” April 29, 2015.
  • “ALRB acts as UFW enforcer in Gerawan farmworkers’ case,” May 4, 2015.
  • “Silas Shawver of the ALRB jumps for the UFW,” May 30, 2015.
  • “UFW coached workers to lie to discredit de-certification vote,” June 3, 2015.
  • “Credibility GONE: ALRB won’t probe case of ex-UFW organizer who said union coached workers to lie,” June 7, 2015.
  • “ALRB’s acting general counsel chooses his words carefully,” August 1, 2015.
  • “Silas Shawver leaves ALRB under a cloud,” August 9, 2015.
  • “Allegations of bias dog Silas Shawver as he leaves ALRB,” August 14, 2015.
  • ALRB’s “Judge Soble said ALRB & UFW colluded in litigation strategy,” September 20, 2015.
  • “ALRB silence to reporters reeks of coverup,” November 16, 2015.
  • “Secretive ALRB refuses to answer questions,” November 17, 2015.
  • “Judge gives Gerawan access to ALRB whistleblower documents,” January 25, 2016.
  • “Workers ‘never’ have a right to witness mediation, California says,” April 21, 2016.
  • “ALRB secretly re-hires UFW militant Silas Shawver,” October 18, 2016.
  • “UFW activist Shawver not listed on public version of ALRB staff directory,” October 18, 2016.
  • “ALRB pushes fake UFW line about the employer it targeted,” October 25, 2016.
  • “We voted to de-certify the UFW 3 years ago today. ALRB still has our ballots,” November 5, 2016.
  • “ALRB’s conflicts of interest with UFW deepen with Shawver’s secret return,” December 3, 2016.
  • “Shawver in ethical dilemma as UFW-ALRB lawyer,” December 8, 2016.
  • “New ALRB executive secretary is from UFW activist camp,” August 1, 2017.