Trespassing in Monterey County
Monterey County Farm Bureau TODAY
has received information that United Farm Worker
(UFW) personnel are taking access on local agricultural fields without
filing proper notice of access with the Agricultural Labor Relations Board
(ALRB) in Sacramento.
While a number of
notices of access have been filed for agricultural fields all over the State
this week, fields in northern Monterey County have thus far NOT been included in
these notices, nor have growers and farm operations received official notice
from ALRB of the intent to take access and converse with field laborers.
The laws are very
specific on how access must be noticed to growers and farm operations. It
appears that UFW personnel are not following these procedural steps.
Access, when properly noticed, is only available at specific hours during the
work day; UFW personnel appear to be ignoring these rules also.
Growers and farm
operations will comply with access for any labor union personnel when proper
notice has been filed with ALRB and, in turn, that notice is certified and sent
to the grower or farm operation.
personnel are currently trespassing on private agricultural fields and taking
The reports that
we have received here also indicate that reporters are following the UFW
personnel as they travel from field to field. These reporters are also
trespassing on private lands if they do not have specific permission from the
grower or farm operator. MCFB sent a media advisory out notifying that
these access activities are illegal under ALRB rules and any stories published
should reflect that the UFW did not follow proper notification filing
In a press
release, the UFW announced it will use the Access Regulation of the
Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) so that UFW staff and volunteers
can visit 100 of the largest farms in California. The stated purpose is to
"energize and inspire farm workers and send a clear message to Congress:
We want immigration reform today, not tomorrow," a campaign UFW
characterizes as "the National Day of Dignity and Respect" launching
the "Harvesting the American Dream" campaign. The announcement is
posted online here.
According to the
press release, on Oct. 3-5, UFW "will be marching to the fields of
Monterey, Ventura, Kern, Tulare, Fresno, Madera and Merced counties" with
the stated goal of having workers sign postcards urging Bakersfield Congressman
Kevin McCarthy (who holds a leadership position in the House) to push for a
vote on comprehensive immigration reform legislation.
Labels: ALRB Access Regulation, illegal trespass, Kevin McCarthy, National Day of Dignity and Respect, UFW and Monterey County, UFW INVADING CALIFORNIA FIELDS, UFW Trespasses Monterey County Farms