Unions settle for $11 minimum wage in 2018, when Gerawan workers earned that in 2014

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.


Details of the deal are still leaking out this night before Easter, and Governor Brown won’t have an official announcement until Monday. But here’s what we know from the Los Angeles Times:

  • The unions are content to make workers wait until 2017 to earn a $10.50 minimum wage.
  • The unions agreed to make workers wait until 2018 to earn a minimum wage of $11.00.

This is what the unions – and presumably the UFW – agreed for their paying members.

Gerawan Farming workers already earn a base pay of $11.00 an hour. They have earned that much for at least a year. UFW members will have to wait until 2018 to make the same amount.

Last year, the average pay of a Gerawan grape picker was more than $16.00 an hour.

Yet the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is trying to force Gerawan workers to earn join the UFW or lose their jobs.

The unions and politicians in Sacramento are content for UFW members to wait until 2022 to earn a base pay of just $15.00 an hour.

So why does the state of California want to force Gerawan workers to join a union if they’re better off without one?

There’s only one reason: The UFW has little to do with workers’ rights, and everything to do with political power and money in Sacramento.

How does it benefit agricultural workers to belong to the UFW if the UFW wants them to earn less than what they’re earning now?