Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Farm workers' union dispute puts spotlight on California ag labor law

Below is the first part of an article by Jeremy White from sanluisobispo.com. It reads...
It has been 23 years since workers at a massive farming company in Fresno, Calif., led by labor icon Cesar Chavez, organized and voted to have the United Farm Workers union represent them.
Certifying a union does not guarantee a contract, and in the decades since the UFW came to Gerawan Farming, laborers have picked and sorted peaches and grapes without one. As the years have passed, many of the Gerawan workers who worked to unionize have moved on.
It has been so long that, just as a contract finally appeared to be forthcoming this year, some workers clamored to strip the UFW of its right to represent Gerawan workers. While union officials contend workers were prodded by management, the workers who repudiate the UFW ask where the union has been all these years.
"We got surprised because we never knew the union" represented us, said Silvia Lopez, a 15-year employee who has organized the UFW decertification campaign. "So many years working here, and then they show up and say they have a union there."




Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/12/03/2815303/farm-workers-union-dispute-puts.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/12/03/2815303/farm-workers-union-dispute-puts.html#storylink=cpy

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