to Accommodate UFW Requests
Law Judge (ALJ) Thomas Sobel, issued his 23-page decision TODAY in the Tri-Fanucchi Farms, Inc., Case heard in Visalia on
October 21, 2013.
After a long
hiatus in bargaining, the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO requested information from and a meeting with Tri-Fanucchi,
a farm near Bakersfield.
refused to provide information to the Union, to recognize the Union as the
collective bargaining representative of its employees, and to bargain with the Union on the
grounds that UFW had abandoned the farmworkers for 24 years.
ALJ Sobel ruled
that the Tri-Fanucchi’s claim of Union abandonment is not available under the Agricultural
Labor Relations Act (ALRA) and that, in view of the company’s admissions, the
allegations in the Union’s Complaint must be taken as true.
was ordered, among other things, to provide information to, and to recognize
and meet and bargain with the Union as the collective bargaining representative
of its employees.
was also mandated to post the following:
TO AGRICULTURAL EMPLOYEES
After investigating charges that
were filed by the United Farm Workers of America, in the Visalia Office of the
Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB), the General Counsel of the ALRB
issued a complaint that we had violated the law. After a hearing at which all
parties had an opportunity to present evidence, the ALRB found that we had violated
the Agricultural Labor Relations Act (Act) by failing to supply the Union with information
to which it was entitled under the Act.
The ALRB has told us to post and
publish this Notice.
The Agricultural Labor Relations Act
is a law that gives you and all other farm workers in California these rights:
1. To organize yourselves;
2. To form, join or help a labor
organization or bargaining representative;
3. To vote in a secret ballot
election to decide whether you want a union to represent you;
4. To bargain with your employer
about your wages and working conditions through a union chosen by a majority of
the employees and certified by the Board;
5. To act together with other
workers to help and protect one another; and
6. To decide not to do any of these
Because you have these rights, we
WE WILL NOT refuse to provide the
Union with information necessary to foster informed collective bargaining.
WE WILL NOT refuse to meet and to
bargain collectively and in good faith with the Union as the representative of
our employees for the purpose of collective bargaining.
WE WILL NOT in any like or related
manner, refuse to bargain with the Union over wages, hours or conditions of
employment, or interfere with, restrain or coerce employees from exercising
their right under the Act
If you have any questions about your
rights as farm workers or about this Notice, you may contact any office of the
Agricultural Labor Relations Board.
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