- Written by Michael C. Saqui
The first volley has been fired in the 2017 season. Before unions have even begun filing Notices of Intent to Take Access (“NA”) with the ALRB, some workers in the Watsonville area have decided to try to rid themselves of the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 5 (UFCW). This decertification petition is the first major filing this year:
Thursday, February 16, 2017
• Mushroom Farms, Inc. (2017-RD-001-SAL)
The UFCW, Local 5 was only certified as the employees’ collective bargaining representative just over a year ago on January 19, 2016. With no collective bargaining agreement in place even after Mushroom Farms – a subsidiary of Monterey Mushroom – was ordered to mandatory mediation and conciliation on August 17, 2016, it appears the workers already regret their decision last January.
- Written by Jacquelyn E. Larson
A nationwide protest, called “A Day Without Immigrants,” is expected to take place tomorrow, February 16, 2017, in response to recent moves by President Trump aimed at combatting problems related to illegal immigration. The boycott expected to take place on Thursday calls for immigrants to not attend work, open their businesses, spend money, or even send their kids to classes.
Some groups supporting the strike warn that it may be a “soft launch” for a larger strike being organized for May 1, 2017 (link). A similar strike took place on Monday, February 13, 2017 in Wisconsin, called “A Day Without Latinos.” Thousands of people marched in Milwaukee and 150 businesses closed for the day.