The California Agricultural Labor Relations Board may have just
celebrated its 40th anniversary, but this board also has
a long history of abusive behavior – toward California farm
workers, and farmers and ranchers.
Many are aware of the fight that thousands of workers at Gerawan
Farming have been waging since 2012 to oust the United Farm Workers
union from Gerawan. The ALRB has clearly been “in cahoots” with the
UFW, according to a Superior Court Judge, to force the workers into
But there are many more cases of farm and ranch owners abused by
the ALRB, which raise serious doubts about the fairness and
objectivity of this California state agency created to defend the
rights of farmworkers. And top ALRB attorneys are involved up to
their eyeballs, misleading farm workers, as well as the courts.
Some of the obscure cases resurfaced after the surprise
gubernatorial appointment last week of Sylvia Torres-Guillen, the
controversial general counsel of the state Agricultural Labor
Relations Board, to Gov. Jerry Brown’s office as special counsel.
Many say Brown did this to avoid any more public scrutiny over his
appointment of… Read More