UFW VP: Shiroma’s political consultant is UFW’s ‘best ally’

UFW Vice President Irv Hershenbaum just provided more proof of why Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) member Genevieve Shiroma should be disqualified from making any decisions relating to the union.


As of April 2016, the UFW leadership still endorses Genevieve Shiroma’s political consultant Richie Ross, as Shiroma battles allegations of unethical behavior.

The union boss praised Shiroma’s longtime campaign consultant, Richie Ross, as the UFW’s “best ally.” See the screenshot.

Publicizing a recent Sacramento Bee article about Ross on his private Facebook account, Hershenbaum wrote, “Enjoy this article. Nothing but the best for the United Farm Workers and Ritchie Ross is the best ally to have. Viva Ritchie Ross!”

Hershenbaum can’t spell “Richie” right, but the point is that the UFW leadership is now officially on the record, in April 2016, that it still is close to Ross.

That’s important, because Shiroma funneled more than $120,000 in cash to Ross, and more to his family members, for her own political initiatives on the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).

Shiroma’s conflicts of interests as an ALRB board member – state law requires ALRB board members to be “impartial” regarding unions and employers – have been well documented.

State lawmakers have been publicly questioning Shiroma’s ethics, saying that she should step down from ALRB.