Court Rules, Farm Workers Win
In the conclusion to a decades’ long fight, a judge has ruled that Gerawan Farms, the country’s second largest fruit producer, illegally interfered with employees who were voting on whether or not to organize. In the decision, the judge cited a case where a Gerawan employee asked for and received $20,000 from a farm association to fund an anti-union fight. The same staff member blocked employees from collecting signatures and instituted wage hikes at specific times to try and dampen down support for the union. Labor disputes between the United Farm Workers and Gerawan date back to 1992, when the UFW first began organizing Gerawan Farm Workers.