ALRB assistant general counsel Silas Shawver makes veiled threat to sue Pick Justice

One of the ALRB’s top lawyers has threatened to sue Pick Justice.

Silas Shawver, the controversial UFW activist who is now ALRB assistant general counsel, made the veiled threat in a personal email to Pick Justice Chairman Jesse Rojas.

In an email from his personal account, Shawver complained to Rojas that said he was “fired in disgrace from ALRB in 2015 for misconduct.”

“That statement is completely false,” Shawver said, claiming – while offering no evidence – that “I freely resigned from my job and leave never been subjected to any employee discipline.”

Then came the subtle threat to sue Pick Justice. This is the kind of pre-lawsuit claim that lawyers make to show that an allegation is injurious, and therefore actionable in court. On the surface, it doesn’t look like much. But to a lawyer, it’s a really big deal. Our statement, Shawver said, “is injurious to my professional reputation.”

Then, Shawver started listing demands:
  • “Please remove this statement immediately from the pickjustice [sic] website, as well as from any other media where you may have published this or any other similar false statement about me.”
  • “In addition, please make sure that none of your postings on pickjustice [sic] or other media suggest that I was fired or forced to resign from my position at the ALRB in 2015. This includes, but is not limited to, your December 3, 2016 posting that claims that I was ‘sacked’ by the agency or other claims that I left ‘in disgrace’ which suggest to the reader that I was either fired or forced to leave.”
  • “Please confirm your receipt of this email and your compliance with this request.”

Of course, this was not a “request.” It was a politely worded demand.

Shawver offered no evidence to show that he was aggrieved or defamed.

History of litigation to silence critics

ALRB has spent $10 million in tax money to support Shawver’s war against Gerawan farmworkers who rejected his UFW cronies. He tried to prevent farmworkers from voting to de-certify the UFW in 2013, and, when overruled, he kept the farmworkers’ ballots in his Visalia office and said he had no plans to count them.