We pause on this year’s Cesar Chavez Day to reflect on the fact that, even in the 21st century, people in America are still denied their voting rights.
The political elites in Sacramento continue to deny hard-working farm laborers the right to have their votes counted in accordance with state law.
The following infographic, produced by the highest-paying labor employer in the state farming industry, tells the story. It’s a story of how the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is spending $10 million in tax dollars to deprive 2,600 farmworkers of their voting rights. It also describes how that money could have been used to help poor farmworkers in other parts of California.
In a deal with Governor Jerry Brown, California unions have agreed to an $11 hourly minimum wage.
But they agreed that their members will have to wait for their money until 2018.
Non-union Gerawan workers have been earning that as their base pay since 2014.
The ALRB is spending more than $10 million to suppress the ballots of 2,600 farmworkers who voted on whether to de-certify the United Farm Workers (UFW) as their representative.
The UFW and other unions are doing nothing for agricultural workers, ALRB Chairman William Gould said in a January 28 speech.
The ALRB’s own administrative judge has practically admitted that the procedures for solving union decertification cases is a sham.
Mark R. Soble, the ALRB administrative law judge who has spent nearly two years on the Gerawan Farming worker case, ripped into the ALRB in his September 17 ruling.
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.
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.
Hearing officers and clerical staff of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) earn about the same – or less – as Gerawan Farming workers.