UFW Strong-Arms its Own Employees
Story from CalWatchDog – Katy Grimes
What would Cesar Chavez say? The iconic co-founder of the United Farm Workers union organized across California to improve farm laborerâ€™s pay, benefits and working conditions. Cesar Chavez Day is a state holiday on March 31.
Now the UFW is resisting its own employeesâ€™ efforts to improve their situation. In the middle proudly stands longtime UFW ally, Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, whoÂ has tried to intervene and mediate for the two sides. But the union bosses are rebuffing his attempts to mediate another neutrality agreement.
Last month, farm workers in the Salinas and Watsonville area protested in front of the UFWâ€™s Salinas headquarters over the firing of several organizers, and charged that farm workers were inadequately represented.Â Joining the protest were someÂ UFWÂ employees, who charged theÂ UFW management and bosses with preventing the employees from forming or belonging to their own union separate from the UFW.Â For now, the protesters have no official organization or Web site.
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