Connor D. Wolf
Concerned that thousands of farmers will soon be subjected to a union they didn’t even vote for, one California lawmaker has proposed a bill that will reform troublesome labor policies in the state.
In 2013, Silvia Lopez and many of her fellow workers at Gerawan Farms attempted to rid themselves of the United Farm Workers through a decertification election. After 20 years of absence, the union came back to demand dues which angered many of the farmers, some of whom didn’t even know they were in a union. The desertification ballot was locked after employers at the farm were accused by general counsel attorneys for the Agricultural Labor Relations Board of unfair labor practices.
“20 years later they came back to demand the contract be reinstated and dues get paid,” Republican state Assemblyman Jim Patterson told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Now after six months of testimony, the longest labor hearing in California history, an Administrative Law Judge with the ALRB is expected to decide soon whether to count the ballots cast during the decertification election. However, many have grown increasingly concerned that the judge will not make a fair decision.