Statement by Ray, Mike, Dan and Norma Gerawan Farming on
new ALRB Decision
Fresno, CA – Gerawan Farming
congratulates our many workers who, this morning, prevailed in their fight for
the most basic right in a democratic society – the right to vote. The Board’s
November 1, 2013 Order Vacating the Regional Director’s dismissal of the
Petition for Decertification is a victory for workers across this State. An
election shall be held at Gerawan Farming on Tuesday, November 1, 2013 Order. For
the first time in over 23 years, the UFW will face the will of the workers.
Today’s decision is an historic
event. The victory belongs to those workers who never gave up hope that the
Board would listen to their pleas.
We are humbled by the
perseverance of so many workers who refused to give up in their quest to hold a
secret ballot election.
For the second time this
week, the Board overturned a decision by the Regional Director that would have snuffed
out that right. In this latest decision, The Board makes it clear that the
Regional Director’s “last minute,” “eleventh-hour charges” in a “late filed
complaint” left the Board “with serious doubts as to the propriety of using
that complaint to block the election.” The Board rebukes the Regional Director
for falling to mention statements he made in Fresno superior Court, where he
told Judge Jeffrey Hamilton that Gerawan and the Board remedied some of the
alleged unfair labor practice charges he now claims justify blocking the
On Tuesday, November 4th,
millions of Americans will go the polls to choose their elected officials, It
is fitting that Gerawan’s workers will be given the chance on that same day to
exercise that same sacred right to decide their own economic destiny.
The Board made the obvious,
just, and long overdue decision to let an election go forward.
We congratulate every one of
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