In 2003, an Agricultural Labor Relations Board administrative
judge identified Jessica Arciniega as “UFW staff member” at its
Oxnard office. ALRB administrative law judge Nancy Smith even
called her a “union agent.”
Today, Arciniega is one of the ALRB’s top staff attorneys. And
with the recent shakeups in the ALRB general counsel’s office that
resulted in the sackings and sudden resignations of top lawyers,
people are wondering why Arciniega remains on the job.
The lawyer has come a long way since getting her law degree as
an “apprentice” of longtime UFW lawyer Barbara Macri-Ortiz, who in
fact calls Arciniega “my apprentice.”
State law requires all ALRB
personnel to be worker advocates with no partiality for or against
either employers or unions. Arciniega is anything but objective.
Her title at the UFW was “lead organizer.” The Militant,
published by the Socialist Workers Party, reports Arciniega being a
UFW boycott leader as far back as 2000.
In Oxnard more than a decade ago, the Los Angeles Times
profiled Arciniega under the headline, “… Read More