Forced to Join and Make Less Money

Nonunon workers at Gerawan Farming have been making a base pay of $11.00 per hour since 2014.  Last year their average pay was more than $16.00 per hour.  United Farm Workers’ union bosses have settled for a contract that will pay workers $11.00 per hour.  In 2018.  Check out the story on Pick Justice.

In a deal with Governor Jerry Brown, California unions have agreed to an $11 hourly minimum wage.

But they agreed that their members will have to wait for their money until 2018.

Non-union Gerawan workers have been earning that as their base pay since 2014.
Gerawan Farming workers already earn a base pay of $11.00 an hour. They have earned that much for at least a year. UFW members will have to wait until 2018 to make the same amount.

Last year, the average pay of a Gerawan grape picker was more than $16.00 an hour.

Yet the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is trying to force Gerawan workers to earn join the UFW or lose their jobs.

So why does the state of California want to force Gerawan workers to join a union if they’re better off without one?

There’s only one reason: The UFW has little to do with workers’ rights, and everything to do with political power and money in Sacramento.