Disenfranchised Farmworkers to Confront California Governor at Black-tie Event


Posted by Matt Patterson on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015, 10:52 AM PERMALINK

Hundreds of farm workers and their supporters protest outside the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act’s (CALRA) 40th Anniversary Celebration in Sacramento on Wednesday June 24, 2015, starting at 4:30 PM. 

The celebration – co-hosted by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) – will feature Governor Jerry Brown and ALRB Chairman William Gould as guests of honor.

The workers, from Fresno-based Gerawan Farming, will be protesting their disenfranchisement by the labor board that began in November 2013.

That year, the workers decided they did not want to be represented by the United Farm Workers (UFW) union and collected enough signatures for a decertification election. The election was held and the workers cast their votes.

But the ballots have still not been counted. 

At the ALRA anniversary celebration, a delegation of ten workers will attempt to enter the festivities to present to Governor Brown over 800 signatures testifying their commitment to a union-free workplace, and ask for his help in getting their votes counted.

The Center for Worker Freedom will be joining with Common Sense Information and other allies to coordinate the demonstration.

WHO: Hundreds of farm workers and their supporters

WHAT: A rally against the ALRB for denying the farm workers their Frist Amendment rights of free speech and assembly

WHEN: Wednesday June 24, 2015 at 4:30 PM

WHERE: Leland Stanford Mansion
800 N St, Sacramento, CA 95814 

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