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Jerry Brown: It's Your Baby, Take Care of It!

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Posted by Center for Worker Freedom on Friday, September 12th, 2014, 11:22 AM PERMALINK


Today the Center for Worker Freedom (CWF) launched the second round in a series of billboards in Sacramento designed to bring attention to the plight of Fresno farm workers who are being forced into a union against their will.

Workers at Fresno-based Gerawan Farming voted last November in a decertification election to rid their workplace of the United Farm Workers (UFW).  Union bosses at the UFW are trying to take three percent of the workers’ hard-earned pay, despite the fact that the union has negotiated no wages or working conditions for the workers in over twenty years.

But the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is refusing to count the votes from last fall’s decertification election in an outrageous violation of the Gerawan workers’ constitutional freedoms of speech and assembly.

Writing for the LA Register, CWF Executive Director Matt Patterson notes:

"The union can’t win an election fair and square, so it’s using its lackeys in government to do its dirty work, forcing workers to join their gang and pay tribute money against their will.

The sad thing: Many of these workers came to this country to escape that kind of oppression."

The CWF digital boards are located on the West side of I-5, just South of Richards Blvd (facing South) and on US 50 half a mile West of Howe Ave (facing East) in Sacramento. They will rotate a variety of messages through September designed to alert Governor Jerry Brown to the plight of the Gerawan workers, while urging him to help them get their votes counted.

The first message shows a picture of an infant and reads "Dear Governor Brown, Take Responsibility for Your Baby.  Make the ALRB Count the Votes at Gerawan.”  California Governor Jerry Brown created the ALRB during his previous term as Governor back in the 1970's. 

The second shows a picture of an ankle chained to a  weight labeled "UFW' and reads "Freedom of Assembly Includes Fresno Farm Workers."

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Union, Anti-Union Forces Clash in Fresno

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Posted by Center for Worker Freedom on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014, 10:16 AM PERMALINK


VISALIA, CALIF. -- Farm workers will gather in Visalia, California on Tuesday to protest their treatment by state labor officials. 

Workers at Fresno-based Gerawan Farming Inc, led by Silvia Lopez, do not want to be forced to pay three percent of their wages to the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. Last November Gerawan workers held a decertification election, but the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is refusing to count the votes in a flagrant attempt to help the UFW rob the workers of their hard-earned money.

Ms. Lopez will speak at a protest held at the ALRB regional offices in Visalia beginning at 3:00 p.m. today, August 26.  Supporters of the United Farm Workers were also expected to have a presence, though Center for Worker Freedom Executive Director Matt Patterson says he hopes the proceedings will unfold without incident.

"The Gerawan workers have a positive message that they want to deliver peacefully: They just want their votes counted," said Patterson. "We hope the union, and the ALRB, will allow Ms. Lopez and her colleagues to speak their mind."

Lopez is also challenging the ALRB in court, suing individual board members including Genevieve Shiroma, Cathryn Rivera-Hernandez, and J. Antonio Barbosa in Federal District Court for violating her First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. 

Lopez attorney Paul J. Bauer explained:

"In order to protect the rights of the farmworkers, we filed a lawsuit in federal court against the ALRB board members and regional director for violating their civil rights.  The farmworkers' due process rights and First Amendment rights are being trampled by a group of people that will stop at nothing to keep the votes from being counted."

Recently U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill allowed the suit to move forward.

Who

Fresno farm workers, their families and supporters

What

Protest rally against the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), led by worker Silvia Lopez

Where

ALRB
Visalia Regional Office
1642 West Walnut Avenue
Visalia, CA 93277-5348

​When 

Tuesday August 26 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Photo Credit: 
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Farm Workers to Protest Forced Unionization in California

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Posted by Center for Worker Freedom on Monday, August 25th, 2014, 9:44 AM PERMALINK


Silvia Lopez, a single mother who has proudly worked the fields of California's Central Valley for more than 16 years, will be the headline speaker at a protest rally on Tuesday in Visalia, California.

Ms. Lopez and her colleagues at Fresno-based Gerawan Farming Inc. do not want to be forced to pay 3 percent of their wages to the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. Last November Gerawan workers held a decertification election, but the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is refusing to count the votes in a flagrant attempt to help the UFW rob the workers of their hard-earned money.

"We just want our votes counted, we want our voice to be heard. We deserve to know the outcome of this election. We want to know that democracy matters for farm workers, too," says Ms. Lopez, who collected over 3,000 signatures from her coworkers to trigger the decertification election last fall.

"The ALRB members eat the fruit we pick," she added.  "We provide the food for their tables. But they don't think our votes are worth counting?  If they love the union so much, why don't they give three percent of their pay to the UFW!"

Gerawan workers, their families and supporters will gather in front of the ALRB regional office in Visalia on Tuesday, Aug. 26 starting at 3:00 p.m.  Ms. Lopez will begin her remarks at 4:00 p.m. followed by remarks from other workers and supporters.

Ms. Lopez was born in Ensenada, Mexico.  Both her parents and children have worked at Gerawan as well, where they have enjoyed above average industry wages.

Who

Fresno farm workers, their families and supporters

What

Protest rally against the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), led by worker Silvia Lopez

Where

ALRB
Visalia Regional Office
1642 West Walnut Avenue
Visalia, CA 93277-5348

​When 

Tuesday August 26 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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Farm Workers to Rally Against Forced Unionization Tuesday Aug. 26 at 3:00 PM in Visalia

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Posted by Center for Worker Freedom on Friday, August 22nd, 2014, 10:33 AM PERMALINK


Farm workers at Fresno-based Gerawan Farming Inc. do not want to be forced to pay 3 percent of their wages to the United Farm Workers (UFW) union. Last November Gerawan workers held a decertification election, but the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is refusing to count the votes in a flagrant attempt to help the UFW rob the workers of their hard-earned money. Workers and their families and supporters will hold a protest rally in front of the ALRB regional office in Visalia on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 3:00 p.m.

 The Center for Worker Freedom has launched a statewide campaign designed to pressure California lawmakers to make the ALRB count the votes at Gerawan. "The ALRB, like its national counterpart, the NLRB, has functioned as a little more than government enforcer for Big Labor,” said CWF Executive Director Matt Patterson. “Does anyone think it is an accident that the ALRB wants to force the union on Gerawan until the election is ‘investigated?’ Or that the Board gives no time-table for when that investigation may be completed?"

 Rally details are below:

 Who

 Fresno farm workers, their families and supporters.

 What

 Protest rally against the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), led by worker Silvia Lopez and organized by the Center for Worker Freedom (CWF).

 Where

 ALRB

Visalia Regional Office
1642 West Walnut Avenue
Visalia, CA 93277-5348

 When 

 Tuesday August 26 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Photo Credit: 
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German Union Boss Threatens American VW Workers

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Posted by Center for Worker Freedom on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, 11:15 AM PERMALINK


A German labor leader threatened Volkswagen's Chattanooga workers at the United Auto Workers' (UAW) recent convention in Detroit.

 

Frank Patta, general secretary of Volkswagen's Global Group Works Council, told the assembled union delegates that the UAW will prevail eventually in Chattanooga:

 

"Let me say this to our enemies," Patta thundered. "We will go on... We will not be beaten!"

 

By "enemies" Patta presumably means those opposed to unionization at Volkswagen's assembly plant - which includes the workers themselves, who rejected UAW representation in an NLRB-supervised election by a vote of 712-626.

 

VW's Global Works Council is dominated by IG Metall, the powerful German industrial union that is a staunch ally of the UAW.  As the Center for Worker Freedom previously reported, Frank Patta is also brother to Sebastian Patta, VW's vice president of human resources in Chattanooga.

 

Patta's presence and remarks to the UAW make clear:  Detroit and Germany are still conspiring to thwart the wishes of VW workers who wish to remain union free.

 

To learn more about Patta's remarks, click here to read CWF executive director Matt Patterson's op-ed in today's Chattanooga Times Free Press. 

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Mark Desade

Looks like we'll have to go to war again. We clobbered Germany in WWI and WWII. This time we'll have to destroy them beyond recognition. As for VW, I've had Audi cars, including the original UR Quattro, which I loved. But I and my family have written them off permanently. I will not support some NAZI group who threatens American workers. I will now buy Ford products only.


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