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.


It’s our goal to have better working conditions and better salaries, to earn $10 an hour which is today legally the minimum wage,” de Leon said, according to the Bakersfield Californian.

Gerawan Farming pays its workers a base pay of $12 an hour. With no help from the UFW.

If employers are paying workers less than the legal minimum wage, why make a political issue over it? Why not just go in and prosecute the employers for breaking the law? It’s because the UFW and the political establishment want workers to be discontented, for their own political gains.

Earlier this year, the UFW and the California state government agreed to wait until 2018 to raise the minimum wage to $11 an hour.

Non-UFW workers at Gerawan Farming earned $11 an hour as base pay – the highest in the industry – since at least 2014. In 2016, Gerawan raised its base pay to $12 an hour – but won no support from the UFW or political establishment.

Workers at Gerawan voted in 2013 to de-certify the UFW as their supposed representative because the union failed to do its job. The state of California, with UFW support, spent $10 million to deprive Gerawan workers of the right to have their votes counted.

ALRB Chairman William Gould IV lamented earlier this year that UFW organizing in California “has completely disappeared.”