Steven Greenhut: Farmworkers Battle Unions and Bureaucrats


Joaquín Martínez Rosado

The California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, whose objective enshrined in the labor code is to ensure "the right of agricultural employees to full freedom of association, self-organization, and designation of representatives of their own choosing," is doing no such thing, according to Steven Greenhut. The board gave short-shrift to about 50 workers who filled the board's auditorium last Tuesday during its public meeting. The assembled farmworkers were treated politely but their long-standing concerns—that they are being denied the right to select their own labor representatives—have been ignored. Neither the governor nor any legislative leaders have been there to help them.