UFW raises questions about ALRB and EFI agenda as it recalls collusion with Jane Fonda

By recalling its past collusion with Jane Fonda, the United Farm Workers has raised more questions about the political agendas of its partners – the state Agricultural Labor Relations board (ALRB) and the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI).

It’s understandable that UFW would want to pay respects to its longtime ally, Tom Hayden, after his death this weekend. But recognizing his ex-wife, Jane Fonda, in the same statement?

Many farmworkers who served in the US military during the Vietnam War remember Fonda for her active and willing collaboration with the enemy. UFW has another opinion: It still loves Jane Fonda.

What will its corporate allies in the Equitable Food Initiative – like Costco and Houweling’s – think?

“It is with sadness that the farm worker movement learned of the passing on Saturday of activist and political leader Tom Hayden,” the UFW said in an October 24 news release. “The UFW also participated with Tom and his Campaign for Economic Democracy, the progressive political and social organization he formed with his then wife, Jane Fonda.”

Why did UFW choose to recognize Jane Fonda in its press release? How does this reflect on the state Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), which colludes with the UFW in labor disputes?

Full text of UFW news release

Here’s the text of the UFW news release: “It was with sadness that the farm worker movement learned of the passing on Sunday of activist and political leader Tom Hayden, 76. The United Farm Workers worked closely with Tom beginning in the 1970s. They supported each other, when Cesar Chavez and the farm workers campaigned for him during his 1976 U.S. Senate candidacy in California and when Tom backed the union during key political, legislative and organizing campaigns. The UFW also participated with Tom and his Campaign for Economic Democracy, the progressive political and social organization he formed with his then wife, Jane Fonda.

“Tom Hayden was also a champion of the farm workers during his 18 years in the California Legislature in the 1980s and ‘90s.

“The photo depicts Tom Hayden, Cesar Chavez and domestic workers leader Ken Msemaji leading a march honoring Malcolm X in May 1977.”