Genevieve Shiroma, long time member of the California
Agricultural Labor Relations Board, as well as a board member for
the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, is the subject of a
legal brief to disqualify her from the ALRB for bias and conflicts
How could the SMUD board and the Ag labor board be tied together
in a conflict?
ALRB board member Shiroma hired UFW lobbyist Richie Ross for her
personal campaign the same year he successfully lobbied passage of
the ALRB’s California Mandatory Mediation and Conciliation Statute.
The MMC law empowers the board to write and force contracts on
employers and workers.
In September 2002, then-Gov. Gray Davis signed into law SB 1156
and AB 2596, the first major amendments to the 1975 Agricultural
Labor Relations Act, which was signed into law by then-Gov. Jerry
Brown. The MMC law would compel Gerawan and its workers into a
state-imposed “contract” that would saddle the employees with the
UFW as their exclusive representative.
The UFW won an election to represent Gerawan Farming’s workers
25 years ago. But after only one bargaining session, the union
disappeared and wasn’t… Read More