- Written by Michael C. Saqui
The United Farm Workers Union (UFW) is now two-for-two, winning its second election in one month. The UFW moved fast and hit hard. Blueberry workers at Klein Management, Inc. voted overwhelmingly in favor of UFW representation this weekend, 347 to 68 – 82% in favor. Events transpired quickly with protests starting on Tuesday May 17, and a strike and petition for recognition filed on Wednesday, May 18. Due to the accompanying strike, the election was held three days later on Saturday, May 21. The UFW got to revel in the win at the UFW convention this past weekend attended by Former President Bill Clinton and California Governor Jerry Brown.
Among the worker complaints leading to their protests were a reduction of the piece rate offered, non-payment of overtime, foul-smelling water, and dirty bathrooms. Klein also fired three blueberry crews, which the UFW argues was in retaliation for protests about the lowering of the piece rate. Klein defended its piece rate, saying that the stating the market dictates the piece rate. That argument clearly did not get much traction as the UFW painted it as simply an attempt to drum up additional profits for the company. The day after the termination of the crews, the UFW had already been called and a full-blown protest was underway.
- Written by Carl Larson
UFW Files First Notice of Intent to Take Access
The season has started. The UFW has begun filing Notices of Intent to Take Access (“NA”) with the ALRB. They have also taken the unusual step of filing an accompanying Notice of Intent to Organize and a Representation Petition at the same time. This is the first filing this year:
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
• Klein Management Inc. (2016-NA-001-VIS)
• Notice of Intent to Organize (2016-NO-001-VIS)
• Representation Petition (2016-RC-001-VIS)
More filings are expected and we will continue to send updates.
NA filings are only effective for 30 days.
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Please contact The Saqui Law Group if you have any questions about your rights concerning union access on your property or any filings against your company.